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Thompson Estate Chardonnay

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Want a top-notch Margaret River Chardonnay that delivers all the essence of the region. We love the dedication behind the Thompson label, they don’t boast or brag, merely create wines that you just want to drink. Its complex and elegant with hints of grapefruit, some barrel character and vital citrus. The palate is long and intense with a spicy edge and formidable balance.

Winemaker's Notes

Medium straw with green hues. Vibrant on the nose, showing citrus, ripe melon and stone fruit melded with delicate, toasty oak. The wine is medium-bodied on the palate, revealing more of the same fruit character and well integrated French oak, beautifully balanced with clean natural acidity and a lingering aftertaste.

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Thompson Estate Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright green-gold; clonal selection and eight months in French oak are two of the contributors to an impressive wine, its layers of ripe melon and stone fruit offset by citrussy/minerally acidity on the finish.
James Halliday's top value wines $20 & under 2012
94
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
This is a very powerful statement of Margaret River chardonnay. Certainly it is one of the most impressive yet from Thompson Estate, and there have been some very good ones. Creamy nutty nuances of cashew and stone fruit on the nose with a minerally funky edge. The palate has great depth and textured with a really intense and sustained finish. Impressive stuff.
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
96
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Complexity, elegance and style. It's all there is this exceptional chardonnay. Aromas of fig, grapefruit and mealy cereal with a little lemon zest. On the palate the rich intensity if fine tightly wound chardonnay takes over. It is very long in the mouth and extraordinarily intense. Just about the best yet.
The West Australian Wine Guide
96
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Assertively oaky, oily and viscous in its youth, but likely to settle down. It's fragrant and floral, with faintly tropical and crystalline aromas of guava, peach and grapefruit knit with creamy vanilla oak. Smooth, supple and rather viscous, with a concentrated, juicy core of fruit partnered by overt vanilla, mealy and spicy oak, it finishes with pleasing length, a lingering presence of ginger-like spice and a faint edginess. It should not take long to find genuine balance.
2011-2014+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright green-straw; has all the layered depth that is the hallmark of Margaret River chardonnay, with nectarine, melon and fig swathed in fine oak and lengthened by citrussy acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
This was a terrific year and this wonderful chardonnay is just starting to reveal all its best qualities. A chardonnay of wonderful delicacy and subtlety. Very intense smells of grapefruit and cashew with some smoky complexity. Beautiful long and intense palate is tight and held with a piercing acidity.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Beautifully crafted, with pure grapefruit and nectarine on the bouquet; gently spiced with very polished oak, and lovely grip, weight and depth to the powerful yet fine palat
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fresh and clean; tight and elegant but intense nectarine and melon fruit; oak background scenery; very good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Fine, elegant and beautifully integrated chardonnay, whose delicate creamy aromas of grapefruit, peach and suggestions of tropical fruit are accompanied by fresh creamy oak and undertones of grilled nuts Its juicy, elegant palate delivers a delightfully fluffy expression of fresh tropical and citrusy fruit shaped by clean and refreshing acids, finishing with nuances of minerals and a persistent and finely integrated core of fruit and oak.
2006-2009+
Australian Wine Annual 2007
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A mix of power and subtlety; stone fruit, cashew and oak seamlessly interwoven; both depth and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
93
Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says
One of the new and up and coming chardonnay in Margaret River. Immediately strikes with a complex creamy mix of deeply intense fruit and a cutting edge of crisp tartness. This has quality written all over it with a lingering and persistent palate sustained but excellent oak, quality fruit and fine acid
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
91
James Halliday says
From the distinguished Wilyabrup area of Margaret River, and spent 8 months in French oak. It has the multi-layered range of flavours and texture for which Margaret River is so much admired; melon, fig, white peach and nectarine have a gentle net of citrussy acidity to keep the shape of the wine as it should be.
2020
95

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