- ABV 13
- Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
Erin Larkin, RobertParker.com "The 2021 Single Vineyard Chardonnay hails from the Forrest Vineyard and has all the glassy, sleek characteristics that the 2021 season had to offer. Subtly spiced on the nose (roasted curry leaf, fennel seeds), this quickly gives way to the flow of powerful, crystalline fruit in the mouth. Acid is prodigious, as usual with this cuvée, but in 2021, it only serves to further accentuate the crushed pistachio/rosewater, white peach and Golden Delicious apples in the mouth. Classy. I recently opened a bottle of the 2020, and with a couple of extra years in glass, it was epic. If you can, my suggestion would be to hold this for several years. Your patience will be amply rewarded. 13% alcohol, sealed under screw cap.
Julian Langworthy "So in keeping with change this year sees a new site for Nocturne’s SV Chardonnay. The Forrest Vineyard in central Willyabrup. My first and devastatingly brutal love, the tiny Tassel Park vineyard was wiped out in 2021 and in 2022 but hope springs eternal and I have learnt to love again. This pilot wine from this new site is pretty darn cool and whilst a change a very exciting one. Only 128 six packs made, I drank a few of them too.
The fruit is of course from a single site, the Forrest Vineyard in the Willyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. Moreover this wine is from a tiny ridge section from within the middle of this vineyard selectively picked for this wine. Planted to the classic WA Gin Gin clone it’s a wine of unbelievable natural acid presence and structural drive. The vineyard is otherwise largely flat and quite close to the coast some 3kms only and in common with Tassel Park is planted on deep silver-grey sands. The picking date is generally relatively early in the chardonnay season given the vineyard's low yielding nature.
The grapes were handpicked on 19th of February; and whole bunch-pressed directly to new, one and two-year-old puncheons, with no settling or fining processes. This juice was then carefully monitored and spontaneous fermentation kicked off on day four after pressing. After a four-week ferment the wine remained on gross lees unsulphured until August of that year. In December the wine was emptied from barrel, settled, filtered and bottled.
This is an exciting site that holds amazing acid structure and lovely al dente tannin. It needs some time to truly unfurl, unfold, and show its true colours but one sniff will show that it has the character that Nocturne’s SV Chardys are famous for. Flint, funk, just-ripe stone fruit, grilled limes and hope… In hope that change is always to grow and to hopefully improve. Get around this acid laden baby it’s a bright new future out there."
Nocturne Wines Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2021 - In Bond
Margaret River, Australia
Nocturne is the husband-and-wife partnership between recently-crowned Jimmy Watson-winner and James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year, Julian Langworthy and his wife Alana who also owns and runs the Yallingup Cheese Company. We are proud to be the exclusive UK agent for Nocturne, which is a serious new venture producing single-vineyard wines from exceptional sites in Margaret River.
This is the region where Julian grew up and where he’s honed his winemaking skills. The pair are acutely sensitive to the best fruit sources in the region including their pride and joy, the newly acquired Sheoak Vineyard with its beautifully mature Cabernet vines. Both Julian and Alana are incredibly ambitious and highly skilled which will certainly manifest into Nocturne being some of the most sought-after wines coming out of Australia.
Julian is also the chief winemaker at Deep Woods Estate and is responsible for transforming the estate after his appointment to the position in 2011 and since then has been awarded a seemingly endless collection of gold medals and trophies gaining him a reputation that will cement his place as one of the greats of Australian wine-making.
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