Bright, light gold; very pale straw. Quite peachy with ripe honeydew melon aromas, gorgeous creamy cashew nut characters with some very subtle tropical notes. A very subtle but beautifully flavoured Chardonnay that has the most wonderful palate; it is textural, well rounded and still delicate and its gentle acidity gives it good length of flavour. With its subtle melon fruit flavours and créme brulee characters, our 2018 Styx Gully is delightful drinking now and will continue to improve with further bottle age.
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.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Oak and fruit haven't yet kissed and made up but the quality of both is obvious. Pear, stone fruits, steel and cashew-cream characters swirl powerfully through the palate. There's a juicy burst to the finish; a touch more harmony and we're in business.