A bright, light gold straw colour. Quite pungent with rich aromas of cashew nut and the typically varietal stone fruit characters of nectarine and yellow peach, complemented by subtle oak. This is a cool climate Chardonnay with great freshness and texture. Our Styx has great mouthfeel and good weight on the palate with those delicious stone fruit flavours. Entirely barrel fermented, this has contributed to its rich texture and palate weight while the moderate amount of malolactic has ensured the wine retains its freshness and good acidity. Great as a young wine and will also age well as it develops some bottle age complexity.
Located in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, West Cape Howe was named after a famous coastal landmark nearby. It was founded in 1997 by Brenden and Kylie Smith before being sold to Gavin Berry (ex-Plantagenet) and partners. West Cape Howe source fruit from specific vineyards, and sometimes specific plots, throughout the maritime-influenced Great Southern wine region. Premium parcels of fruit come from their Langton vineyard, planted in 1978. It has some of the most mature vines in the whole Great Southern area. Senior winemaker Gavin Berry prides himself on creating innovative wines that reflect the diversity of the Great Southern region. He makes wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, to name just a few. The wine styles vary from fresh and fruity, under the Western Australian label, to wines with a more regional focus, under the Great Southern label.
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The top of the range chardonnay in West Cape Howe's portfolio, sourced from the best estate vineyards in Mount Barker, fermented in the best French oak. It is supple and rich, offering a generous helping of stone fruits, allied with touches of cashew and cream, pulled back in by a string of citrussy acidity on the finish.