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2015 Pierro Margaret River Chardonnay

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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.

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.

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2015 Pierro Margaret River Chardonnay

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
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
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 (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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