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...
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Western Australian Chardonnay, Houghton Wisdom
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Houghton, Wisdom, Pemberton 2011
Decanter average score:
18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: Andrew Jefford 18.5 Roger Jones 18.5 Alessandro Marchesan 18.5
In spite of recent instability in its parent company, the historic Houghton has kept an impeccable track record with a line of WA’s distinguished flagships. This is a credit to its vineyard sources and its talented, sensitive winemaking team, led by Ross Pamment, who has dedicated his energy to the estate for the past 24 years. His Wisdom line is a value-for-money, regional range. The cool Pemberton area enjoyed the warm 2011 vintage.
Andrew Jefford: A subtle mix of barrel fermentation and shy fruits on the nose. Creamy, yet poised palate with lots of elegance and finesse. The acidity is pronounced yet ripe and fruit-bodied; and the support from the lees and oak is finely judged. Has the freshness you expect from cool Pemberton.
Roger Jones: The nose is very delicate with soft lime notes. There is a lovely, tantalising mixture of citrus and stone fruit with a great balance and texture. The oak is subtle, which adds to the character.
Alessandro Marchesan: The nose is clean and elegant with ripe white peaches and fresh apricots. The palate is round and creamy with a marked oaky texture. The finish is long and fulfilling.
Price N/A UK houghton-wines.com.au
Drink 2013–2018
Alc 13.5%

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