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Ashbrook Estate Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
  • JH95
13.6% ABV
  • JH95
  • WS90
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3.8 6 Ratings
13.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Ashbrook Estate's 5 blocks of mature Chardonnay vines were harvested over 3 days to ensure the optimal flavor profiles of each block were captured. All fruit was hand harvested in the cool of dawn, immediately destemmed and pressed and the juice settled in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Only brand new French oak is used to balance and enhance the powerful fruit flavors this Chardonnay consistently achieves.

Upon completion of primary fermentation both the wooded and unwooded portions were allowed to mature on undisturbed lees for 8 months. Malolactic fermentation and battonage were avoided to retainthe primary fruit qualities and freshness crucial to our style of Chardonnay.

The finished wine has 12 months of bottle maturation in Ashbrook's underground climate controlled cellar ensuring a perfectly integrated, delicious and complex wine on release which will age graciously for many years to come.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
Made in similar fashion to the '13 Reserve Chardonnay, the difference fruit selection. Tasted side by side, you can see exactly how this wine will develop over both the short and long term; the fruit line is tensed like the string of a bow, oak and acidity ready to act in support as the wine ages; the flavours are quintessentially varietal, with melon, apple grapefruit and white peach all straining at the leash.
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Ashbrook Estate

Ashbrook Estate

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Ashbrook Estate, Margaret River, Australia
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Now a 3rd generation winery, established by the Devitt family in 1975, Ashbrook produced its first commercial wine in 1979 and completed its 37th vintage in 2015. Currently owned and operated by Carol and Brian Devitt, daughter Catherine Edwards, son Richard and son-in-law Kingsley Edwards, Ashbrook has now been a family business for over 40 years. Only grapes handpicked and grown on the Estate are used and all processing, winemaking, bottling and packaging are closely controlled using the Estate’s own state of the art facilities.

Australia’s pre-eminent wine authority and critic, James Halliday, has awarded Ashbrook Estate a five star rating, an accolade afforded to only Australia’s top wineries. He describes the meaning of his five star rating as "Outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality and, did so this year. Also will usually have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above."

Margaret River

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Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-lived red and white wines, Margaret River is situated in the farthest reaches of Western Australia. Relatively warm and dry, the region is cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Margaret River takes some inspiration from Bordeaux, producing top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. Complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are another regional specialty. Also common here are refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, as well as earthy, aromatic Bordeaux red blends.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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