Impeccably made chardonnay drawn from fruit on Erl Happ’s Karridale property well to the south of Margaret River. It’s creamy and slightly nutty with a purity and freshness on the palate that brings it to life. A wine of energy and drive with wonderful mouth feel.
Vibrant and so bright cabernet displaying some rather beautiful leafy varietal cabernet characters. The minerally graphite complexity is really appealing as it works through the sinewy red berry and slightly black olive complexity. excellent use of oak with a touch of minty leafiness in the background. Tight and focused through to the finish.
Happs Estate chardonnay 2014 ($24)
Terrific little chardonnay here. The stone fruit and nutty nuances on the nose impress from the start. The palate shows a delightful blend of medium-bodied fruit with savoury oak in support. There is a brightness about the palate with a crisp acid sustaining the long finish. Nice wine in the shorter term.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Three Hills Charles Andreas 2012 ($45)
This is a blend of the five main varieties of Bordeaux. Aromas of spicy savoury blackcurrant and blackberrydominated fruits. There’s a little bitter chocolate and tobacco leaf. Generous and supple on the palate with ripe tannins and well-weighted oak. Rich and lavishly textured wine with some cellaring life ahead of it.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
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