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, Rosily Vineyard
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Rosily Vineyard, Wilyabrup, Margaret River 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
Founded in Margaret River’s epicentre of Wilyabrup in 1994, Rosily planted vines over three years and released its first wine in 1999. Winemaker Mike Lemmes has made the wines from the outset, familiar with this sub-region after spending eight years at Willespie. Rosily maintains a philosophy of sustainability and an exclusive focus on hand-harvested estate fruit. By 2003 it had been widely recognised as the most outstanding new winery in Western Australia.
Andrew Jefford: Intriguing mix of oak-burnished vegetal and fruit scents: lime, vetiver, jasmine, fennel. Full-flavoured and long on the palate. A ripe, satisfying Chardonnay with lots of grain and texture to it. One for Burgundy lovers.
Roger Jones: Lots of acidity to balance nectarines, white peaches and a dollop of custard. A full bodied wine but the acidity makes it clean and refreshing.
Alessandro Marchesan: Complex and intense with a lovely barrel-fermented nose. Voluptuous with lots of ripe tropical fruit. Big and bold but with elegance and finesse.
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Drink 2013–2023
Alc 13.5%

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