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Lenton Brae Southside Chardonnay

Cracka Review

This chardonnay is sourced from fruit grown on the estate vineyard in Wilyabrup. It offers a contrast to the Lenton Brae Wilyabrup Chardonnay, in being more accessible. Total 'wild' primary fermentation has added aromatic complexity and texture to the mouthfeel of the wine; barrel fermentation complements the flavour intensity and length. The wine was naturally settled and bottled without prior filtration. While still fine and supported by bright acidity it is approachable now.

Winemaker's Notes

This chardonnay is sourced from fruit grown on the estate vineyard in Wilyabrup. It offers a contrast to the Lenton Brae Wilyabrup Chardonnay, in being more accessible. Total 'wild' primary fermentation has added aromatic complexity and texture to the mouthfeel of the wine; barrel fermentation complements the flavour intensity and length. The wine was naturally settled and bottled without prior filtration. While still fine and supported by bright acidity it is approachable now.

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Lenton Brae Southside Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
91
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Made from 26-year-old estate-grown vines, barrel-fermented and matured in French oak; the palate is exceptionally intense and incisive, the fruit having easily absorbed the oak and showing its potent grapefruit base, nectarine and white peach each playing second fiddle; the high natural acidity will see this wine through to the next decade without batting an eyelid. Exceptional value.
2025
Wine Companion Aug/Sept
95
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
The junior chardonnay from Lenton Brae, this offers a lovely, flinty edge of winemaker styling, some gentle oak toast and lovely, fresh, ripe melon and peach fruits. The palate is very smooth and crisp on entry, then it bites with gentle grip, delivering melon and peach fruit flavour amid a thread of toasty oak that holds the finish nice and sturdy.
Now
Good Wine Guide
93
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
A keen and crunchy chardonnay with a powerful complex palate exhibiting deep and penetrating flavours. Sourced from very mature vines which pump some seriously good fruit into this excellent chardonnay. The minerally grapefruit character si most appealing. Excellent stuff.
5 years
WA Wine Guide 2013
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Pale quartz-green; produced from 26-year-old estate-grown vines; fermented in a mix of new and used French oak barrels; a very fine and precise wine in the heartland of the Lenton Brae style, with tangy grapefruit leading white peach fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
There's real concentration here, not from power, ripeness or winemaking hoopla but rather pure, vineyard-derived fruit presence. There are great expanses of texture and minerality here, soaring on zesty lemon and white fruits. Value for money Margaret River.
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Let there be no doubt: early picking of chardonnay has fundamentally moved the goal posts for the variety, and makers and consumers are still learning. This ultra-tangy wine has tremendous length and drive to the palate, the French oak all but obliterated.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Quite an assertive nose: plenty of melon and peach fruit here, some nutty complexity, almonds and cashews. The palate's juicy and taut, wrapping tight grapefruit citrus amid fine, minerally texture. Finishes on point - a crisp, lively chardonnay. Classy for the money.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This shows some attractive grapefruit and creamy winemaking character on the nose, some gentle tropical notes, citrus too, really fresh and zesty. The palate's a fine-tuned and precise affair; some cashew-nut flavour rolls through here and grapefruit/lemon citrus flavour is placed in fine, firm shape with assertive, crunchy acidity.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
There's real value in this tight, fresh Margaret River style. It's a clean, lean wine with lees-derived complexity to support its primary lemon fruit. Subtle cashew nut French oak and crisp acidity lock it firmly into an aperitif style.
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A junior sister, perhaps, but also striking for its length (though not depth) of flavour, and the elegance from the low alcohol; great summer's day chardonnay.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91

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