Western Australian Chardonnay: panel tasting results

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Margaret River dominated but, despite taking most of the top marks, our panel warned the region against a creeping complacency, and praised the state's smaller regions. See the top 11 Western Australian Chardonnays from our tasting as featured in the June 2013 magazine issue...
Western Australian Chardonnay, Domaines & Vineyards Robert Bowen
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Domaines & Vineyards, Robert Bowen, Margaret River 2010
Decanter average score:
18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: Andrew Jefford 18.5 Roger Jones 18.5 Alessandro Marchesan 19
Robert Bowen is the flagship label of Domaines & Vineyards, a joint project between a team of WA viticulturists and winemaker Rob Bowen. Bowen has 40 years of history in the wine industry, including chief winemaker posts at Houghton, Willow Bridge and Capel Vale, as well as time at Plantagenet, giving him experience across WA’s key regions. D&V’s philosophy is to buy fruit from vineyards in Margaret River, Pemberton, Geographe and Great Southern with a strong regional identity.
Andrew Jefford: Sweet, fresh aromas of soft, lush, malty fruits. On the palate, this is a very generous, beautifully layered wine that is structured and deep. It’s impressive to taste, but more importantly charming to drink: full-bodied and packed with nuts and wild mushrooms.
Roger Jones: Lovely, savoury nose, gentle and exciting. The alcohol is well balanced, as is the acidity. This is a wine to age further. Give it some time and then you will have a very classy, top Chardonnay.
Alessandro Marchesan: Elegant and complex nose with an intense toasty oak character and ripe stone fruit. Creamy texture, wonderful acidity, and flavours of ripe citrus fruit and a long melon aftertaste.
Price £25.99 Patriarche
Drink 2013–2025
Alc 14%

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