Fruit for the 2019 Hutton Triptych Margaret River Chardonnay was sourced from the Wildberry Springs vineyard in Wilyabrup. The Gin Gin and clone 5 grapes were hand picked in March, chilled overnight, then gently whole-bunch pressed. The free run juice and light pressings were fermented naturally with wild yeasts in French barriques (54% new) and partial malolactic fermentation was encouraged. The wine was matured for 8 months in barrel with minimal battonage. Bottling was in December and 128 cases were produced.
"I love wine. I love making it, drinking it, buying it and selling it. I love the crisp crack of a screwcap being twisted off a bottle, and the gurgling sound it makes being poured. Most of all I love the sweet anticipation of what lies before you in the glass. Thinking about it, it's not hard to understand how this came to be. In 1975 when I was 6 years old, my parents planted vines on the family cattle farm in Margaret River, and in 1978 made their first wines. School holidays and weekends were often spent helping out in the vineyard and winery, and sampling the finished product when no one was looking. After studying architecture in Perth and many years away, I returned to the area in 2005 and made 2 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006, which was the birth of Hutton Wines. The rest as they say, is history. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is sourced from the Wildberry Springs Estate vineyard in Wilyabrup to make the ‘Graffiti’ and 'Triptych’ series. ‘Graffiti’ is a fun introduction to the classic varieties of Margaret River whilst the ‘Triptych’ Estate and Reserve wines are the finest expression of vineyard and vintage. I hope you enjoy these wines and share the love."
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Tight, crunchy and lean, but delivers flavour with snap and a twist of lime rind. Almond paste, sea spray, white nectarine, maybe some fennel, the old classic ‘mouth-watering acidity’, fine chalk dust texture, white fleshed fruit and lime zest on a long and precise finish. Plenty of sizzle with more than a little seduction. 95+/100
JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
It's unclear the difference between this and the reserve, which is nearly double the price. If the accompanying note is correct, this relies on more new French oak at 54%, and adds plenty of flavour and layers yet the fruit is taking it in its stride. Creamed honey, grapefruit, lovely acid line, and all in all, impressive.