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Catching Thieves Chardonnay

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If you like your chardys bright, fruity and lightly-oaked, then this one will blow your mind! Hailing from the Margaret River, it's amazing value for the contents of the bottle, and shows lots of stone fruits, melons and hints of dairy and nuttiness on the nose. Then the lighter-bodied palate kicks in with juicy, mouth-filling stone fruit and grapefruit flavours, a subtle creamy texture, a nice zip of citrusy acidity, and a refreshing finish that lingers for a bit. Perfect for gnawing on chicken drumsticks between sips.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale mid-straw.

Nose: Beautiful fresh fruit aromas of rockmelon and sliced honeydew melon feature on this fruit driven nose. Complexity is added by the fresh vanilla yogurt and creamy notes arising from the sparing use of oak.

Palate: Melon characters of honeydew and rockmelon mix with intense flavours of white peach and citrus. Oak treatment has given this wine refinement and weight, while the natural acidity provides length and structure to this flavoursome drop.

Food: Prawns with semi roasted tomatoes, celery, dill and yoghurt dressing; Spaghetti marinara.

Cellaring: Enjoy this wine in its youth or keep under lock and key for up to four years.

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Catching Thieves Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; the wine has the expected flavours of grapefruit and white peach, but what is not expected is the structure and texture of the palate, with grainy acidity doing the heavy lifting, oak largely absent. An interesting alternative view.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Vivid green hue; quite a savoury bouquet, indicating interesting winemaking, employing solids for complexity; the palate shows a distinctly lemony personality, with a touch of honey to conclude; very good savoury drinking for the price.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Lively nectarine and stone fruit; understated elegance; a long, clean finish. A new brand for McWilliam's with much to commend it.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90

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