2018 ‘MJW’ Chardonnay, Voyager Estate
£325 per 6 bottle case in bond
This is essentially a selection of the very best barrels of Chardonnay, made from Dijon clones. Pale in the glass, the fruit really opens on the nose with air; notes of juicy nectarine, peach, toasted nut too. Ripe and satiny in texture, this is not an overt Chardonnay – its cool maritime climate is certainly in evidence, but it does not suppress the juiciness of this expression. Despite the Dijon clones, this is no Burgundian wannabe with clever winemaking tricks, it is an immensely classy cool-climate Chardonnay. This will require a little patience as you are left in no doubt that it has more to give, gently creamy, but not overplayed, with nuances that nod to the exotic yet a markedly limey citrus finish. This 2018 shows terrific persistence with nutty, leesy touches lingering long into the finish as well as notable tang of ripe stone and citrus fruit. Hugely impressive and a bright future assured. Drink 2023-2034. (SL)
98 points Erin Larkin winecompanion.com.au
The pinnacle. A culmination of different clones, parcels and processes. The Gingin clone brings explosive power and density, Clone 95 provides linearity, line, focus and acidity. Partial mlf (50%) softens the 95 on the palate, and 10 months' maturation knits the whole piece together. Sophisticated winemaking and top-notch fruit selection come together in this perfect vintage.
Please note orders are unsurprisingly limited to one six bottle case per client!
And if you are interested, I have even less of their flagship 2016 MJW Cabernet Sauvignon (£360 per six bottle case in bond); a beautiful example of one of the region’s finest Cabernets, which scored 97 points with James Halliday’s Wine Companion. I won’t write a note here as I would be in danger of overselling it, but it is a remarkably pure example from a standout year. Enough said, I think!
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