West Cape Howe 'Old School' Chardonnay 2020
1 or more bottles$18.99
A richly textured Chardonnay. Lovely aromas of fresh, toasty French oak with light buttery characters (reminiscent of a freshly baked almond croissant!). Has those ‘baked pastry’ characters along with the peachy/stone fruit flavours typical of Chardonnay. There’s a good level of toastiness from the oak used during fermentation, complemented by the buttery pastry flavours from the malolactic fermentation. A wine with good texture and palate weight, the delicious ‘peach crumble’ fruit flavours are complexed by the toasty oak and a gentle acidity on the finish.
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About the brand West Cape Howe Wines
West Cape Howe was founded in 1997 and soon became one of the most popular wine brands in Western Australia. Over time it has acquired some of the oldest vineyard resources in the state, giving it unequalled access to the best and most consistent quality fruit that the cool Great Southern wine region has to offer.
The West Cape Howe Winery is situated on the undulating, historical and picturesque property of Langton on Muir Highway, Mount Barker, and was purchased from Goundrey in 2009.
This state-of-the-art winery is a world-class facility, importantly located in Mount Barker, the premier fruit source location for West Cape Howe. As for the grapes themselves, the West Cape Howe Langton Vineyard in Mount Barker consistently produces the highest quality fruit, resulting in wines of harmony, balance, structure and flavour.
Established in 1978, the Langton Vineyard has some of the most mature vines in the Great Southern. It includes:
- Riesling Block 6 (4 Ha) Fruit from this block has now produced three Wine Show Trophies
- Cabernet Sauvignon Block 1 (1.8 Ha)
- Shiraz Block 5 (3.5 Ha)
Premium wine can only come from excellent fruit and it is for this reason our winemakers dedicate many months leading up to vintage, visiting and monitoring vineyards throughout the Great Southern wine region - ensuring that only the best parcels of fruit are selected and picked for the West Cape Howe range of wines.