Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Margaret River, Western Australia
Senior Winemaker: Ross Pamment

I was recently reviewing a number of Chardonnay’s for the coming summer season, to pair with a diverse selection of cuisine, and this classic western-Australian expression stood out as very user-friendly and versatile wine. It really shouldn't have been any surprise to the team at Houghton, as they have been proudly producing food-friendly wines for over 175 years.
The talented winemaking team now led by Ross; pay particular attention to palate flavours and overall balance in their vibrant wines.

 

This 2012 Houghton Chardonnay is part of a range featuring ‘classic varietals’ with good structure, finesse and elegance found in the Margaret River region. Margaret River wine region stretches some 100km from Cape Naturaliste in the North to Cape Leeuwin in the south. This long, narrow wine region boasts a climate and range of soils which offer ideal conditions for producing quality, vibrant wines.
The fruit for this classic regional Chardonnay were sourced from premium vineyards in the Margaret River region. The 2012 vintage provided Chardonnay with honest varietal characters and bright natural acidity. The individual parcels were picked and fermented separately in a combination of stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels with selected yeasts and at cool temperatures to retain the varietals fresh aromatics. Typically this style has extended time on its own yeast lees prior to tasting and blending, to give further complexity, texture and breadth to the palate.
In the glass you have a bright straw yellow colour. On the nose you will be greeted by intense aromatics of citrus fruits, along with ripe peach notes. You will also notice secondary aromas of cashew nuts and subtle hints of vanilla derived from fermentation in French oak and the extended contact on lees. The palate is fruit forward and mouth-filling, expressing those citrus and stone-fruit flavours, all complemented by integrated notes of vanilla and toast from the maturation in French oak. The palate is fine with good structure, great persistence of flavours and a lingering finish. Chill and serve at 8-10°C.

A classic style Chardonnay from Margaret River.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and will develop further over the next 2 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with grilled or roasted white meats, pastry-crust fish pie, seasoned stuffed crab and aged creamy cheeses, enjoy.