2021 Houghton Premium Release Chardonnay
The bouquet has intense aromatics, lifted peach and white nectarine stone fruits combine with roasted cashew nuts, nougat and brioche. Subtle toasty oak and oatmeal nuances derived from extended lees maturation. Medium bodied and finely structured.
The winter of 2020 was reported as being one of the driest and hottest on record across the South West of Western Australia. This was followed by a warmer than average spring with close to average rainfall figures. Both temperatures and rainfall were above average for the Summer of 2020-21.
Rainfall was above average for the west coast of Western Australia due to several well formed tropical lows producing widespread moderate to heavy rainfall along their passage. The Chardonnay harvest in Margaret River was at slightly lower baume than is typical which meant that the resultant wines are full flavoured and vibrant with a linear acid line drawing through the palate.