Lot 92 Margaret River Chardonnay 2004
Vintage: 2004Appellation: Margaret River, Western AustraliaVarietal: 100% ChardonnayPrice: $14Alcohol: 14.1%Production: 350 casesDrink/Hold: Late summer 2008 through 2012Release Date: October 2008Taste: Gorgeously structured with perfectly integrated fruit and oak, utterly seamless. The nose soars out of the glass with elegantly rendered vanilla, almond and lemon verbena notes. On the palate the wine is full bodied but well supported showing spicy nutmeg, butterscotch and almond. Whats amazing about this wine is its structure, everythings in perfect balance. Compare at $30-50.Cameron Confidential: Having fallen in love with Margaret River Chardonnay during our last trip to Australia, I started to poke around the region and see who might want to make some wine for us. One lead in particular lead us to an American owned grower group that, while they hadnt any grapes or wine to sell, they did have an ultra-premium concept project of $30 chardonnay that hadnt gotten much retail support it was bottled in shiners would we take it off their hands? We were a bit skeptical of 2004 chardonnays but what the heck, well try anything.Glad we did we were blown away at how these wines had held up, fresh and bright and drinking beautifully. If you have ever had Cullen Chardonnay then you will know what these wines aspire to: low yielding vines from the best blocks, carefully harvested and hand sorted before gentle crushing. Only free run juice went into the 50% new, 50% used top quality French oak for fermentation. The wines were aged 18 months in barrel and then only the best barrels chosen for the final blend.We have two wines, a small Lot of Margaret River Chardonnay represented here, and a larger production, Lot 97 Chardonnay Western Australia, a regional blend of sub-appellations Manjimup, Blackwood, and others. All of the wines were made in the EXACT same way (including use of new oak and ageing times) to preserve their typicity and make for the best blending components.
Editorial Reviews for Lot 92 Margaret River Chardonnay
Intensely smoky on the nose with layers of dried fruits, apple and pear with dried lime zest top notes. The spicy oak tones gain in the glass though the fruit is more than ample enough to stand up to it. Soft and juicy in the mouth with a silky, polished feel accentuated by the lowish acidity. Nice cooler climate notes of orchard fruits and citrus are gentle yet layered, if a touch short though the finish has a pleasant citrus twang to it. Solid Chardonnay 87pts
Opening with an intensely smoky tone to the dried apple and pear fruit this gains a touch of zesty lime that helps to work as a counterpoint to the butterscotch and spice oak tones. Soft and juicy in the mouth with a lush feel to the sweet/tart orchard fruits this is silky and polished with a cool climate feel though subtle tropical tones creep in on the finish which ends on a zesty citrus tone. Nicely done Chardonnay. 87pts
Aroma of tropical fruit and fresh berries. Tasting some fruit. Detect pear. This Chard has lots of body and is mouth filling. Although it is rather high in alcohol, you can not detect it. A nicely structured Chardonnay. I wish Cameron Hughes would tell us which winery in Margaret River that he purchased it from.
Rich flavor of oak with bit strong acidity but this acidity is still remain in good balance and this make the after note to very fresh.
Very nicely balanced chard with nice crisp acidity and upfront citrus notes with apple and bartlett pear as it develops in the mouth. Spicy oak and clover honey started to show as the bottle warmed and oxidized in the decanter. Finsh was a little thin with a sharper acid that lingered, but not unpleasant. Pairs great with grilled salmon.
Outstanding. I typically don't like Chardonnay but this easily ranks as one of my favorite wines. It reminded me of the few fine Burgundies I've tried.