This comes from an exciting biodynamic vineyard – hence the name Horns – and there has been no added acid or enzyme and it hasn’t been filtered. The result is a really interesting wine with wonderful texture and mouth feel which absolutely sings in the mouth with so much flavour and controlled structure. Really promising wine.
Consistently one of the best examples of this blend. I suppose it should be as they have been making it for 30 consecutive vintages. Shows once again that texture and palate completeness which have stamped the Lenton Brae Style. These are deceptive wines in that they can cellar for some years but as always they drink so well as youngsters.
A light-bodied chardonnay displaying excellent fruit presentation. Grapefruit and lemon zestiness on the nose with a minerality that strikes immediately. The palate is well structured with an understated use of oak to sit harmoniously with the fruit. Lightly creamy with persistent intensity.
Winemaker Ed Tomlinson has worked plenty into this excellent estate grown chardonnay. All wild yeasts with a mix of new and old French oak. Has delightful spicy mineral characters. The palate is intense with a mealy cereal cashew character, with a trace of brioche. It’s a classy wine.
Always hits the mark for this style of wine. The combination works so well with a leafy blackcurrant aroma showing just a small amount of mintiness. The palate is medium weight with well integrated tannins and oak. Grainy tannins extend to the long finish.
Lenton Brae Southside chardonnay 2014 ($26)
This really nails the youthful drinking style that winemaker Ed Tomlinson is seeking. Delicate crunchy vibrant fruit balanced with minerally acidity and a light oak influence. It’s balanced and poised with a lipsmacking finish. Really nice drinking, this wine.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 3 years
Lenton Brae Wilyabrup semillon sauvignon blanc 2013 ($55)
A defining example of the oak-influenced semillon sauvignon blanc blend that is becoming so popular from Margaret River. Remarkably low in alcohol yet there is so much happening in here with a subtle tropical fruit influence working beautifully with the creamy citrusy oak. A wine of texture and delicacy that provides so much. Excellent wine.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 10 years
Lenton Brae cabernet merlot 2014 ($26)
What a delicious little cabernet merlot blend from one of the best producers of this style in the region. Juicy vibrant primary fruit characters of red berry and perfumed cherry characters. The palate just bounces from the glass with deliciously fruit-driven flavours supported with a smidgeon of oak and fine grainy slightly chalky tannins.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years
Lenton Brae shiraz 2013 ($30)
Excellent vintage for this variety in Margaret River. This one packs a punch but there is a sense of style about it as it delivers. Ripe plummy fruit with a liberal sprinkle of spices to complement the savoury characters. Fine dusty tannins and fine grained French oak work very neatly into the mix. An attractive medium-bodied wine for the medium term.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years
Lenton Brae Wilyabrup cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($70)
Impressive cabernet from this very good vintage. Loads of dark chocolate and blackcurrant fruit with a tobacco leaf complexity. The palate is deep and concentrated with all that gorgeous Margaret River cabernet. The tannins are fully ripe with a slightly grainy sinewy feel that adds to the classic feel of the wine. Sustained and long finish. A wine that will support further cellaring.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 12 years
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