Made by James Halliday's Winemaker of the Year for 2019, Julian Langworthy.
This just might be Australia's best value Chardonnay. Made from select parcels of estate-grown fruit, this wines shows complexity and quality well beyond its price point. Described by Ray Jordan as 'classy value-for-money Chardonnay,' and 'great value,' by Toni Paterson, this is one you definitely need in your 'everyday winerack.'
2019 was a beautiful, mild vintage with very limited heat spikes during ripening. Chardonnay grapes were harvested in early to mid-February, which encouraged expressive aromas, concentrated flavours and lovely acid retention. The majority of the fruit for this wine was handpicked, with a proportion wild fermented in oak barrels, 20% of which were new, for three months. The remaining parcels of fruit were kept on lees, with wild fermentation occurring in stainless steel tanks. From there, 50% of the final blend underwent malolactic fermentation before bottling.
Fragrant nose displaying stone fruits, lemon blossom and talc. Immediately from the pallet, ripe necterine following subtle toasted cashews. Don't be surprised if you finish the bottle by 'accident'
Deep Woods Estate was founded in the northern end of the beautiful Margaret River region of W.A in 1987. It changed hands in 1992 when the Gould family purchased the winery, and was sold again in 2005. Today, it is part of the Fogarty Wine Group (they also own Lakes Folly, Millbrook and Smithbrook wines). The property nests on a ridge overlooking a sea of Jarrah and Marri trees, hence the name Deep Woods. It boasts 16 hectares of sustainably-managed, low-yielding vineyards segregated into 12 blocks planted to Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Winemaker Julian Langworthy employs traditional and state-of-the-art techniques to craft small batches of wines of impeccable quality under several different labels. The Deep Woods Reserve label is the ultra-premium range made entirely from estate-grown fruit. The Estate range brings beautiful varietal character and vibrancy while offering excellent value for money, whilst the Ebony, Ivory and Harmony label uses estate and locally sourced fruit. Stylistically they range from complex, zesty, nutty Chardonnays through to cassis and chocolate Cabernet Sauvignons displaying Margaret River typicity.
STEPHEN CREBER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Shows a level of complexity beyond its dollar value. Citrus and stone fruit lead the way on the bouquet, with some minerality and high quality oak input, nutty and toasty, very neatly integrated. Excellent mouthfeel, flavours also in the grapefruit/white peach/nectarine spectrum, a good measure of acidity providing freshness and length on the palate.