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2015 Dunsborough Hills Chardonnay

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Cracka Review

It’s hard with so much good Chardonnay on the market to say something unique about this brilliant white from near the Margaret River. What we can tell you is that it’s a brilliant price for a classic taste of modern Oz Chardonnay and it will keep you enthralled when matched with a Moroccan spiced chicken. This wine shows top quality fruit, exuding aromas of peach, citrus and grapefruit before the same flavours flood the palate. It’s clean and fresh with solid natural acids on the finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The Dunsborough Hills collection of Western Australian table wines have two defining styles - whites which are essentially dry, relying on fruit rather than sugar to drive flavour, and reds where oak is restrained and once again the fruit dominates the wine.

Most of the fruit is sourced from four vineyards in the Margaret River region. In 1995 and 1996, 50 acres were planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz. In 1997 a further 50 acres was planted, more Shiraz and Semillon, plus Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Malbec and Merlot were planted in 1998. Verdelho and additional Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from Willyabrup, in the north of the Margaret River region.

Viticulture is carried out with one objective - to grow fruit of the highest quality. Yields are kept low so as to get maximum flavour intensity. Pest control for slugs, snails and beetles is done by chickens and ducks, minimising the use of chemical sprays.

The wines are made at two wineries in Margaret River - Evans and Tate (Richard Rowe), and Flying Fish Cove. Some reds are crushed, chilled and tankered by road train to Watervale, SA, where David O'Leary makes the wine.

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2015 Dunsborough Hills Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
I'm not convinced about the necessity for the touch of oak in the wine; it is only a touch, but there are sufficient grapefruit and stone fruit flavours to carry an unoaked wine. Carping criticism, for it's great value.
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2011
89
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Vibrant hue; a stone fruit bouquet with a touch of spice from the oak; mid-weight, with tangy acid and a little phenolic grip on the finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Has attractive nectarine and peach fruit, with hints of citrus and cream, but no oak; elegant, light- to medium-bodied wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90

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