Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay 2020
"Floris is a modern and engaging expression of our local clone into wine. This style is a co-evolution of Modern Australian food and wine culture, which has great emphasis on balance, freshness and hedonistic pleasure. The sustainably farmed vineyard is in the cool southern end of Margaret River. Floris exhibits delicate textures and floral notes reminiscent of white jasmine flowers." - Domaine Naturaliste
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Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay 2020
- Variety Chardonnay
- Vintage 2020
- Brand Domaine Naturaliste
- Cellaring 5-10 Years
- Wine Type White
- Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
Gary Walsh95 points
James Halliday97 points
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The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.
Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.
The wine regions of WA sit at the state’s southwest tip. The famed Margaret River region, with its warm maritime climate, lies roughly 200 kilometres south of Perth. Rainfall is high here compared with other Australian wine regions, but it falls mainly during the winter. Cabernet Sauvignon is a popular planting, and winemakers often blend it with Merlot to create Bordeaux-style wines. Margaret River is also distinguished for its Chardonnays, with their high natural acidity and concentrated stone-fruit aromas. Malolactic fermentation and barrel ageing further lend complexity to these special wines. Sauvignon Blanc is also widely planted here and often goes into blends with Semillon. Wine production also occurs in the Great Southern region, which includes the subregions of Frankland River and Mount Barker. Here, they produce floral Rieslings, peppery and elegant Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other wine regions in this large state include Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Peel, Pemberton, Manjimup, and Swan District.
Margaret River is the name of a river, town and key wine region. It is one of the younger viticultural regions in Australia, quickly gaining popularity for its world-class wine. Located 280km South of Perth in Western Australia, the first plantings were only made in 1967. The region has grown rapidly and is recognised as one of the great wine-producing regions of the world, with over 200 wineries in operation. Made up of predominantly boutique producers, with a number of big player wineries also, the region makes up only 3% of the Australian wine production, but commands over 20% of the premium wine market. The wineries in the region are vibrant, innovative and progressive in their approach to viticulture.
The Mediterranean style climate provides superior maritime growing conditions, with vines not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. The region is well known for producing outstanding red wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent Shiraz, Tempranillo and Malbec. Both straight varietals and famous Bordeaux blends can be outstanding.
In the white wines, Chardonnays of great depth and character, and fresh Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the main varietals the region is famous for. Lesser quantities of Viognier, Riesling and Muscat are also produced.
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About the brand Domaine Naturaliste
Of the Domaine Naturalist wines, made by award-winning winemaker Bruce Dukes, James Halliday says 'The sheer quality of the wines he makes is equalled only by his consistency.' Classic Margaret River varietals done to a very high quality given the modest price of the range.
Domaine Naturalist was awarded 'Best WA Winemaker 2011' by Wines of Western Australia and makes wines in 'An artisanal approach and quality inputs result in beautifully balanced wines.' Bruce Dukes has 24 years of local and international winemaking experience with 4 years at Francis Ford Coppola's Niebaum-Coppola winery in California taught him an important lesson; to understand and respect history, and to find out how and why ‘things happen’ and which techniques influence and shape the winemakers’ art. During his time in the Napa Valley, Dukes’ exacting and confident approach was succinctly captured by distinguished wine expert and writer Professor Steven Kolpan who noted in his book on Niebaum-Coppola entitled ‘A Sense of Place’ that;
'Bruce Dukes articulates the art and science of winemaking with elegance and ease. Dukes knows that the finest wines are made vine by vine, berry by berry...'