Sorry ScoMo, but how good is Margaret River Chardonnay?

New release Margaret River chardonnay

With apologies to ScoMo, but just how good is Margaret River Chardonnay? With the perfect growing climate and skilled local winemakers, there is no better place to make Chardonnay than Margaret River.

And recent vintages of Leaf Series Reserve Chardonnay are a case in point. They have rated highly with The Wine CompanionThe Real Review’s Huon Hooke and medalled at major WA wine shows. Most importantly, they have been firm favourites amongst our friends who visit the Wise Tasting Room.

The current Leaf Series Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay release is from the excellent 2020 harvest and is looking just as good as the last few vintages. This was once again a cooler vintage, producing more elegant wines with fresh acidity and a prominent fragrance. Wine makers Andrew Siddell and Matt Buchan under the consultancy of Larry Cherubino then crafted wonderfully balanced and complex expressions of fine Margaret River Chardonnay.

Although they are drinking very nicely right now, these Chardonnays will age well given adequate cellaring for at least 8 to 12 years. We recently enjoyed opening a 2007 Leaf Series Chardonnay in the Wise Tasting Room. It was amazing with a nose of nectarine, citrus blossom and nougat, pear and stone fruits on the pallet with a fine acid finish.

Margaret River Chardonnay

2020 Leaf Series Reserve Chardonnay Tasting

This Chardonnay has a medium yellow-gold hue. Inviting aromas of ripe peaches and nectarines are complemented with zesty citrus flavours. On tasting we see classic Margaret River chardonnay flavours of lemon curd and ripe stone fruit harmonised with a creamy and textural palate. Whilst perfect to drink now, this wine will gain in complexity over the next five to seven years.

Come and visit us at the Wise Estate Tasting Room and taste the 2020 Leaf Series Reserve Margareet River Chardonnay as well as our other great wines. While you are taking in the view of Geographe Bay, sample our distillery range of Craft Gins.

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