Mchenry Hohnen 'Burnside' Chardonnay 2019

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MHCH201912 UCAU
David Hohnen, not content with founding both Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay, also established McHenry Hohnen in 2004. It was a partnership with his brother in law, Murray McHenry, a well-known hotelier and retailer, who had planted his first vines twenty years earlier, supplying fruit to Cape Mentelle! Lots of rich tropical fruit, roasted nuts and a creamy long finish, but there is a flavour and textural complexity here, with some exotic florals and spices, and some ringing acidity. "Our oldest vines have produced an alluring and powerful example of a Margaret River Chardonnay." McHenry Hohnen Wines
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  • An alluring and powerful example of a Margaret River Chardonnay
  • Displays both power and grace - for several years now this one of the very best Chardonnays from WA.
  • Organically/biodynamically farmed, this is one of the healthiest vineyards in all of Australia.
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    $59.99
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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Apple
    • Lemon
    • Nectarine
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Cream
    • Peach

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday's Wine Companion

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    "All 3 single-vineyard Chardonnays are made in the same manner: hand-picked, wholebunch pressed, wild ferment in barrel (25% new) with full solids, partial MLF. From the oldest vines (planted 1981) the Burnside is the smoothest, most cohesive, most consistent of McHenry Hohnen's 3 single-vineyard chardonnays. This consistency on the palate breeds richness somehow, with MLF building density and resonance."
  • Aaron Brasher

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    "Layered aromas of struck-match, grapefruit pith, bacon fat, grilled nuts and white flowers—complex gear. Powerful and focused flavours: there's white peach, grapefruit, honeydew melon and spice. The oak frames the wine nicely and the acidity and phenolics bring structure, savouriness and cut to the palate."
  • Angus Hughson

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    "Bright shimmering pale gold in colour this is an impressively powerful Margaret River Chardonnay but also at the same time highly complex. It instantly launches into nectarine and citrus aromas underpinned by a delicious array of savoury praline, spice and oatmeal barrel ferment beautifully supported by well balanced, high quality oak – it is a complete package. It’s then dry, plush and full-flavoured with a lovely creamines to the texture but also well supported by a fine acid line. Wave after wave of flavour and vanillin/caramel oak before proceeding through to a long, mouthfilling finish. Almost decadent but also refined and delicious."

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Locations

Australia

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.

Western Australia

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

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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