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2015 Pierro Margaret River Chardonnay

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Cracka Rating

RRP $90.00 per bottle

Our Price $78.49

Case Price

$941.95 (12 x 750ml)

cracka review

Pierro have been at the forefront of Aussie Chardonnay for years, and this offering is yet another cracker. Beguiling aromas of stone fruits and slight tropicals waft out of the glass, along with whiffs of cream and nuttiness. The palate is tight and complex, with nectarine and grapefruit flavours, zippy acidity, hits of toasted vanillan oak, and a long, succulent, rich finish. Try it with roast chicken tonight, or stick it in the cellar to develop further.

expert reviews

Gary Walsh (2015 Vintage) says
Gee, the Chardonnay from Pierro keeps getting better and better. All the power you’d expect from first class Margaret River Chardonnay, but with so much less baggage. Pear, lime and spicy cedar wood, struck match, white flowers and cashew. It’s full of flavour, yet flinty and fine too, with a superb cut of ripe lime acidity, beautiful spiced oak folded in to perfection, and a long pure finish that cascades down the neck. Absolute pleasure. What a wine!
2017 - 2028+
96
Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
Light to mid-straw colour with a shy, restrained bouquet of straw and hay, wheat germ, cashew and almond-like nutty notes; smoky oak is also apparent. These flavours are joined in the mouth by lemon, citrus, preserved lemon and a substantial tannin grip. It's long and resonant, and a little unready. Happily, it's still a year from being released.
2018 - 2029
94
James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
One of the Margaret River princes of Chardonnay, with perfect balance and length, the suite of flavours so complex they border on savoury; the length is remarkable.
Drink by 2023
96
The Wine Front (2014 Vintage) says
Margaret River Chardonnay in full flight. Complex wine of substance and power. Lime and pear, cashew, spice and butter menthol. Full bodied, creamy and glossy, with grapefruity acidity keeping it tight and trim. Length is particularly impressive. Savoury, fruity, tasty. It’s on for young and old.
2016 - 2020+
95
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
This style used to be the malo monster with caramel butterscotch and nougaut. These days the balance leans twoards stone fruit nectarine with subtle lees, honey oak notes and subtle char. Lovely mouth feel that lingers through the whole palate, the texture and flavour are unified in a medium bodied complex age worthy delicious wine. A wine for staggered drinking over the life of the wine.
2017
Rob Geddes MW
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Pale, bright straw-green; a high-quality Chardonnay, showing the marriage of elegance and generosity that Margaret River can achieve like no other Australian region; white peach, nectarine and fig use sleight of hand to push whatever amount of new French oak was used into the background.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
96
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Restrained and heavily oaked, this ehtereal young chardonnay has a sweet, lightly spicy bouquet of melon, ruby grapefruit and pineapple that steadily reveals mealy, nutty undertones that become more like creamy nougat, with suggestions of cloves and cinnamon. It's long and creamy, medium to full-bodied, with a viscous and heavily oaked palate of slightly brassy, toasty fruit and fine, refreshing acids. It takes time to open fully, to reveal its full richness and depth of fruit, but it's all there!
2016-2019
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Vibrant green hue; almost exotic in its appeal, this stalwart of Margaret River delivers a heady blend of grapefruit, pain grillee and cashews, not to mention a sprinkling of toasty oak; thickly textured yet light on its feet, there is a lot to like in this wine.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The classic Pierro chardonnay here. There s a complex, reliably executed wine here that offers peach and gentle butter-roasted nuts, some melon and light tropical fruits too; really concentrated and fresh. The palate is smooth and even, delivering ripe peach flavours, grilled nuts and lovely, toasty oak built into the finish. Great wine in a classic house style.
Now
Good Wine Guide
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A powerful chardonnay of exceptional complexity and harmony. Its delicate aromas of lime juice, grapefruit, white peach, apple and melon are tightly knit with struck match-like oak and backed by suggestions of ginger, cloves and minerals. Deeply layered, it's smooth and seamless, delivering a finely balanced marriage of vibrant fruit, creaminess and a fine chalkiness. It finishes remarkably long and savoury, with a lingering minerality.
2018-2022+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
96
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; a very complex wine reflecting assured handling of 100% barrel ferment that builds texture, complexity and structure without diminishing the mix of white peach, nectarine, melon and grapefruit flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A wine that slowly reveals its length, shape and balance. Smoky, faintly meaty aromas of peaches and white flowers, ginger and cloves, backed by suggestions Of grapefruit and grilled nuts reveal hints of nougat and struck match. Its intense stonefruit and grapefruit flavours become quite juicy and build towards a powerful crescendo, tightly knit with oak and backed by lingering mineral notes. It's long and measured, with a fine chalkiness and a fresh, vibrant finish of lively acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
96
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
One of the most immediately complex and intriguing of all the Pierro chardonnays released to date. The nose shows some light toast, butter scotch and the fruit of white peach. On the palate the richness and intensity is soon evident. Immensely powerful and tightly framed - in fact one of the tightest - it shows it's deep andÊ amazing length and power that carries so effortlessly to a long finish. It's a wine I would like to drink over the next four years
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
96
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
This is a ripe and earlier drinking Pierro, with white peach, pineapple and tropical fruits that linger long on a palate of chunky cashew nut oak. There are better 2009 Margaret Rivers.
Wine 100, October Issue 2011
93
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The flagship chardonnay for Pierro and certainly one of the long-term bastions of the whole region's offering, this has a complex and concentrated style to it, with beautifully worked flinty complexity, grapefruit citrus and lime zest, and some gentle oak neatly slotted into the background. The palate's superb, built on fine-etched, sherbet-like acidity: there's a wealth of peach and lemon-curd flavour, terrific concentration and weight; toasted hazelnut to close. Every bit as impressive as it should be.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A first-class example of Margaret River chardonnay, offering finesse, depth and complexity of flavours that expand on the back-palate and finish in the manner of great pinot noir.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Very complex and consistent style of absolutely delicious chardonnay, gently blending fruit, yeast lees and oak to make a glowing wine brimming with complexity.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
91
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
The consistency of Peterkin's top Chardonnay is quite extraordinary. Just when you ask if they can get any better, they do. The striking feature of this one is the incredible life and energy on the palate with that zingy acid. But of course the complex maze of cashew, minerals, grapefruit and cereal strike home with compelling intensity. One of the most delicate yet deceptively powerful Pierro Chardonnays. Bloody marvellous.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
98
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
One of the stalwarts of the Margaret River chardonnay set, Pierro looks every bit the regional part in 2008. Ripe pineapple and stone fruits all across the nose, along with some creamy complexity, nicely-weighted oak and spiced brulee custard nuances. Texturally rich and assertively flavoured, the same pineapple fruits drive through the palate, with smooth butterscotch edges and concentrated, gently grippy presence at its core.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
Louise Radman (2007 Vintage) says
Hyper intensity & multitudes of layers jumping out of the glass. Bright lemon & white peach fruit, vanilla bean, spicy oak & toasted nutty complexity. Finely honed & seamless wine driven by a line of real fruit purity from start to finish. Total commitment to quality & fastidious work in the vineyard reveal a stunning expression of place that is one of the country's greatest wines
96
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A fine, powerful and assertive chardonnay with great concentration and presence. Scented with grapefruit, quince, mandarin backed by sweet vanilla oak, cloves and nutmeg, it also reveals undertones of nougat and minerals. Its luscious, unctuous palate of mouthfilling fruit, tightly knit oak and underlying mineral notes is delivered with finesse and silkiness, but also threatens to render all other chardonnays dull and lacking impact by comparison, finishing with a spectacular crescendo of rich, persistent fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Very complex and consistent style of absolutely delicious chardonnay, gently blending fruit, yeast lees and oak to make a glowing wine brimming with complexity.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; the very complex bouquet has distinct Burgundian overtones, as does the incisive and long palate, with its lingering finish and aftertaste. First-class winemaking, first-class grapes.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
96
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Pretty hard to follow-up last year's great Pierro chardonnay, but Peterkin has managed to do it with this superb wine. Really complex aromas of meal and grapefruit with a light melon and vanillin influence. The palate has wonderful texture and supple mouth feel, but at the same time the lively acid and edgy minerality carries it all to a tight controlled finish. A sophisticated wine form one of the great names in Margaret River chardonnay.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
97
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Restrained, finely crafted wine, with seamless stone fruit and oak; long, balanced acidity on the finish
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Pierro has a knack for restraint and beautifully folded complexity. This cool vintage brings citrus oil and reserved savoury/chalky notes, smart French oak is nicely matched. The palate tells the same story, layered flavours and texture, soulful peach and citrus fruits, subtle savoury lees and oak-derived complexity. Smooth fading finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Opulent, unctuous and complex chardonnay with all the bells and whistles, but also with elegance and finesse. Concentrated aromas of honeydew melon, grapefruit and nougat are backed by smoky, meaty undertones. Long, smooth and creamy, its intense and tightly focused palate delivers its luscious flavours of ruby grapefruit, melon, pineapple and tangerine with a surprisingly gentle, almost fluffy mouthfeel, finishing with a lingering core of fruit and a powdery minerality.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Very complex and consistent style of absolutely delicious chardonnay, gently blending fruit, yeast lees and oak to make a glowing wine brimming with complexity.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
Mike Peterkin's Chardonnays have just got better and better, albeit from an already high base. This is one of the more delicate, reflecting that super cool '06, but the structure and poise and the power than is carried effortlessly to a super long finish are the things of a classy wine. Another super example of this great Margaret River wine.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
97
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; an elegant mix of fig, stone fruit and ripe melon, the oak judged to perfection.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
I saw a lovely sign outside a shop that said, 'We buy junk and sell antiques.' Sadly, it doesn't work that way with wine. The finest winemaker in the world can do their best but there is no silk purse from sad grapes—although it's ridiculously easy to stuff up good fruit. Well, the fruit here was exceptional and has been handled superbly. Result? A wonderfully elegant, complex, creamy-textured Margaret River chardy. I'm a big fan of this.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
95
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A very stylish, powdery and mineral chardonnay whose sumptuously ripened flavours of honeydew melon, grapefruit and pineapple are tightly knit with sweet, spicy vanilla oak. It's heady and perfumed, with an unctuous, silky-smooth but explosively flavoured palate whose intense tropical and citrusy fruit is carefully backed by creamy oak. It finishes long and chalky, with a wet slate-like backbone of fine phenolics and minerality.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
97
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Complex yet elegant, reflecting multiple winemaker inputs; nectarine, fig, cashew and cream; great balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A well-handled wine that is not quite up to its usual exemplary standard. Its smoky fragrance of grapefruit, lime juice and clove-like oak reveals just a hint of spice and spikiness. Smooth and juicy, its tightly focused palate of citrus, tropical fruit and melon-like flavours are backed by undertones of minerals, butterscotch and meaty smallgoods-like influences. It finishes slightly sweet with a hint of sourness, suggesting a similar issue to that possibly stuck ferment found in the Cullen Chardonnay of 2003 and several other Margaret River chardonnays from 2004.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Slightly more restrained than usual; beautiful balance and mouthfeel, with nectarine fruit to the fore.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
95
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Wonderfully bright, luscious and vibrant chardonnay with rare intensity and concentration of fruit. Its lightly smoky aromas of ruby grapefruit, honeydew melon and fresh pineapple overlie tightly integrated nuances of sweet, fine-grained vanilla oak. Smooth and juicy, its mouthfilling palate simply explodes with pristine and perfectly ripened flavours of tropical fruits and citrus, tightly underpinned by sweet oak and creamy, lees-derived complexity. it finishes long and persistent, with racy, citrusy acids and lingering tropical fruit flavours.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
97
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Fine, melon and cashew; long and intense; more refined and tight than the usual Pierro blockbuster.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says
Peterkin has become fed-up with dodgy corks so even his high profile chardonnay comes in a screw-cap. I saw early parts of this in barrel and now this wine hasn't disappointed. It's a remarkable follow-up to the superb 2001. IN fact I think it just nudges past it. Complex and supremely weighted and balanced with a lingering mealy, grapefruit and nutty flavour mix. Everything about it is class
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
95
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a powerful, complex and rich bouquet with intense fruit plus potent barrel-ferment and malolactic-ferment influences is followed by a massively ripe and powerful palate, offering a replay of the bouquet. In archetypal Pierro style, taking no prisoners.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; suave and subtle citrus and melon fruit, with hints of spicy oak on the bouquet, is followed by a palate much more in the Pierro style: ultra-powerful, full-frontal, the finish marked by a twist of alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
91
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is at once firm, tight but powerful, with ripe figgy fruit and well-balanced oak. It is on the palate that the wine becomes difficult to handle, its high alcohol (14.5 degrees) very evident; I am not convinced the other components carry the burden of that alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
86
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Excellent full yellow-green; the bouquet is quite rich and solid, with figgy/nutty aromas which are followed by a comparably rich and mouthfilling palate. The 14.5 degrees alcohol is just a little over the top.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
89
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; a smooth and rounded, yet complex bouquet with a seamless marriage of fruit and oak. The palate is similarly perfectly modulated and rounded, with the sweet fig and melon fruit woven through with creamy/nutty/toasty inputs from barrel-fermentation and malolactic-fermentation influences. The alcohol does catch you ever so slightly on the finish, not surprising at 14.5°.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
94

winemaker's notes

From the superb, low yielding 2015 vintage, this wine is displaying the full extent of PIERRO’s winemaking abilities. Intense and rich but delicate and fine. The suite of flavours of peach, melon and nectarine, complex and savoury… all linger to a long sumptuous finish.

Utterly gorgeous and perhaps the best we have made.

Pedigree: 100% Chardonnay. Handpicked, hand-sorted, gently whole-bunch pressed. Fermented and matured in French oak (50% new, 50% one year old). Malolactic secondary fermentation. Hand-stirred on the lees for 12 months.