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2014 Watershed Awakening Chardonnay

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An absolute Cracka of a Chardonnay with loads of toasty oak. Creamy and packed with flavour. It was awarded Gold Medal at the 2016 Rutherglen Wine Show and Silver Medal at the 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Show and deserves every bit of it.

Winemaker's Notes

This Chardonnay for the Awakening range has been produced using hand-picked fruit from the Watershed estate vineyard.

100% barrel fermentation in new and 1yr old selected French oak barriques with the use of wild yeast has produced a wine with great complexity.

The wine exhibits intense aromas of citrus and stone fruit accompanied with notes of spice and roasted cashew nuts. On the palate, the dense creamy texture is complemented by grapefruit and mineral notes, followed by a long nutty finish.

This wine can be enjoyed now or with cellaring it will develop for the next 6 years.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2014 Watershed Awakening Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
Glittering personality and beauty, in the full flush of youth. A joy to behold. Grapefruit, oatmeal, spicy oak and white peach flavours rush and dance and entertain their way through the palate. Absolutely gorgeous, flavour-filled length.
Drink by 2021
96
Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
Glittering personality and beauty, in the full flush of youth. A joy to behold. Grapefruit, oatmeal, spicy oak and white peach flavours rush and dance and entertain their way through the palate. Absolutely gorgeous, flavour-filled length.
Drink by 2021
96
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Wild yeast-fermented in a mix of new and 1-year-old French barriques; it is a very compact, linear style, the fruit and crisp acidity asking most of the oak. It needs a year or two to loosen up and show its many wares.
By 2025
Wine Companion
93
Ray Jordan (2012 Vintage) says
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright colour; pure grapefruit and grilled almond bouquet, showing a little spice from . fine French oak; the palate is tightly wound and full of life, with zesty grapefruit again providing the backbone of flavour; fresh vanilla provides seasoning, and the finish is long and lively.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2011
94
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Exciting development from Watershed with a Chardonnay that jumps right up on the top run among the heavyweights of Margaret River. Minerally and slightly funky with a delicacy and restraint that conceals the underlying power and palate intensity. Builds through to a very long finish. Classic style.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Green-gold; has the intensity, energy and drive of the unoaked version, but with several more layers of character from barrel ferment via wild yeasts; has the discipline to develop over a decade
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright, tangy/citrussy grapefruit overtones to stone fruit; fruit-forward; minimal oak; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Subtle complexity from 70% barrel fermentation in new and used oak with the usual lees contact; harmonious, with no overt flavours, just the marriage of melon and citrus fruit, with nutty oak and a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Tangy, cool-grown fruit with excellent length, structure and persistence. Gold medal Sydney Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A generous and rich mix of ripe tropical fruit, the creamy lees characters and barrel ferment French oak just a little overblown. Silver medal in Germany.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91

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