Remi Guise is something of a maverick. The South African-born winemaker has made the Margaret River his home, and is producing wines from grapes not normally associated with the region. His philosophy revolves around 'berry to stalk' winemaking, utilising every part of the plant to achieve flavour and texture in his wines. Remi has thrown out the rule book when it comes to his winemaking. As he says, "I've spent a great deal of time tasting purified juices and the purified wines that are made from them. I've also spent a great deal of time chewing on skins, cracking seeds between my teeth and sucking on stalks, forcing me to ask: Why are we getting rid of all this flavour?"
The 2018 Karridale Chenin Blanc comes from the Southern end of Margaret River, and shows a tighter, leaner style than its Wilyabrup stablemate. A more mineral-driven wine, it sings with wonderful texture and finesse. It's really great to see this side-by-side with the Wilyabrup release. Good stuff.
A long wet winter in 2017 set up soils and vines perfectly for the oncoming growing season. Cool flowering conditions and late fruit-set ensured greater than usual crop levels and staggered ripening to an average of two to three week later than the long term average. A cool January and February led to fruit with fantastic levels of natural acid, immense aromatic expression and pristine fruit weight and character in whites. A warm to cool March and April set reds up for exceptional tannin density and quality, with fruit spectrums residing in the lighter to medium bodied range. A vintage of exceptional purity and poise.
Hand-picked from 22 year old vines and de-stemmed to open-fermentor. Fermented on skin for 8 days and basket pressed straight to old barrels, where the wine finished primary fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to occur and was stopped based on taste. The wine was barrel aged for 10 months, during which the barrels underwent battonage every two weeks. The wine was then removed from barrel, clarified and bottled.
Viscous stone fruit flavours on the entry, accompanied by hints of braised cashew, angelica and cinnamon. The palate is bone dry with a succulent yet tensile tannin core driving through to an apricot syrup finish.
This has a southerly coolness to the nose with lemon-grass and leafy, gently herbal notes, across wet stones with lemon pith. The palate has a very smoothly rolled feel with density, freshness and an intensely juicy feel. Long and focused finish.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Putting sword to the notion that chenin blanc is the sweet wine throwaway wine in cellar doors, tripe.Iscariot continues to pitch at upper echelons with the variety. This has good velocity, precision and flavour. A wine of green mango, nashi pear, yeasty notes and mineral-laden acidity. It’s not the most compelling or complex young release of this wine, but it’s the one I want in my cellar, or, hang it, to drink in the heat of summer next year. There’s fine grip in the palate too, this comes as you let the wine open up. There’s so much to like here and the wine feels truly sophisticated. More to come here too. Super stuff. 93+ Points