Tasting NotesPale straw in colour, the aromas offer a heady perfume of honeysuckle, orange blossom and lemon cream. On the palate baked apple and melon take centre stage, matched by silky mouthfeel and a fine mineral acidity. A balanced and delicious wine that combines elegance and focus - this vintage will reward cellaring.
Cellaring7 to 10 years
Silver - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2017
Gold - Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Challenge 2017
Top Gold - Rutherglen Wine Show 2017
Trophy - Best Wine of Show - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2017
Best White Wine of Show - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2017
Best Chardonnay of Show - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - Melbourne Royal Wine Show 2017
Silver Award - Chardonnay du Monde 2017 France
Gold Medal - Sydney Royal Show 2016
Double Gold Medal - Chine Wine & Spirits Awards 2016
Gold Medal - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show (AUS) 2015
Sutherland Smith Trophy - Best Australian Dry White Table Wine
Seguin Moreau Special Award – Best Australian Dry White Table Wine of the Show
Best Australian Dry White Table Wine – Chardonnay
Gold Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show 2015
Gold Medal - The Drinks Business
Silver Medal - Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
Bronze Medal - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show
Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
Silver Medal - Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Silver Medal - Decanter Asia Wine Awards
Blue-Gold/Top 100 - Sydney International Wine Challenge
Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge
Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
Bronze Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
Gold Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
Silver Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show
Bronze Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show
The vintage of 2018 has delivered exceptional wine. Our challenge has been to reign in the substantive fruit to create wines with style, finesse and authenticity, whilst allowing the free expression of what nature has delivered. The growing season saw a welcome return to favourable weather conditions more typical of the past decade in the south west of Western Australia.
A compact vintage which commenced in Mount Barker on 3rd March with Chardonnay for sparkling base an concluded on 20th April with Cabernet Sauvignon from the Abercrombie vineyard. So often the very good vintages seem to lack extraordinary weather events and 2018 was such a year. Good winter rains were followed by a temperate spring, then a moderate to warm summer – a text book progression of seasons for the ideal vintage. With veraison came the native marri blossom and a sigh of relief that the annual joust with the native, resident birds would be a minor battle not a major war. As summer relaxed into autumn, conditions remained fine. Yields were moderate across all varieties and ripeness and flavour development, concurrent.
The early quality assessment of the 2018 vintage is excellent. White wines are very pure, focused and concentrated while the reds show that same purity of ripe berry flavours and supple, fine tannins.
The Marchand & Burch Chardonnay is sourced from the Mount Barrow vineyard located in the eastern, elevated end of the Mt Barker sub-region. Planting commenced in 2005 and is dedicated to growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for still and sparkling wine. The unique attributes of this site include an elevation of 380M and a panorama of vineyard aspects from north to south facing. Planted to clone 95 and 96, the C block sits on a south east facing slope. Soils are some of the most ancient on the planet and as such are shallow, relatively in fertile and of light structure.
All batches are handpicked and cooled in vented crates beforehand sorting and whole bunch pressing to extract only the finest free run juice. The juices ferment naturally in a mix of French oak barriques and puncheons ~ 40% is new. The separate parcels are matured on lees, in barrel for 9 months and may undergo malolactic. After blending, the wine receives minimal fining and no filtration before bottling.
96 points - James Halliday
The 2021 Halliday Wine Companion
93 points - Gary Walsh
The Wine Front
96 Points - Huon Hooke
The Real Review