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Campanology Margaret River Chardonnay 2020

White Wine from Australia - Western Australia
Crisp, fresh and ripe Western Australian chardonnay with notes of watermelon, apple, pineapple and oranges on the nose. The palate is bright and zippy with a delicious core of white fruit and freshly squeezed lime. A bargain bottle from a superb under-the-radar Margaret River producer.
Price: £10.50 Bottle
Price: £126.00 Case of 12
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Code: AU23531

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap

Western Australia

The isolated state of Western Australia is known for its spectacular scenery, golden-sand beaches and giant Karri tree forests. A relatively cool (in Australian terms) Mediterranean climate of warm, breezy summer days and cool nights dominates the wine-producing areas. The resulting wines tend to combine fruit ripeness with freshness – an unusual combination in Australia – which makes the wines particularly appealing.

The Margaret River area was the first to suggest Western Australia’s potential for making premium wines. Elegant, ageworthy cabernet sauvignon originally put the spotlight on Margaret River and is still its trump card. Chardonnay shines here, too, as do the vibrantly fruity, zesty semillon/sauvignon blanc blends.

Further south and west you find the Great Southern sub-region, 400 kilometres from Perth. The vineyards of the Great Southern region provide 37% of all the grapes produced in Western Australia. The five sub-regions – Albany, Denmark, Frankland River,...
The isolated state of Western Australia is known for its spectacular scenery, golden-sand beaches and giant Karri tree forests. A relatively cool (in Australian terms) Mediterranean climate of warm, breezy summer days and cool nights dominates the wine-producing areas. The resulting wines tend to combine fruit ripeness with freshness – an unusual combination in Australia – which makes the wines particularly appealing.

The Margaret River area was the first to suggest Western Australia’s potential for making premium wines. Elegant, ageworthy cabernet sauvignon originally put the spotlight on Margaret River and is still its trump card. Chardonnay shines here, too, as do the vibrantly fruity, zesty semillon/sauvignon blanc blends.

Further south and west you find the Great Southern sub-region, 400 kilometres from Perth. The vineyards of the Great Southern region provide 37% of all the grapes produced in Western Australia. The five sub-regions – Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and the Porongorups – all have vastly different climatic conditions, but generally Great Southern is the coolest of all of Western Australia. The long growing season, relatively low rainfall, poor soils and low yields result in high-quality wines with excellent fruit intensity. The best wines of the region are riesling (dry, almost austere, with superb definition and purity) and shiraz, though sauvignon blanc is now attracting attention too.

Further north, and closer to Perth, the Swan Valley was the first area of Western Australia to be commercially planted and despite some fierce summer temperatures can make crisp, fresh whites and full-bodied reds.
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Lenton Brae

Bruce and Jeanette Tomlinson established Lenton Brae in the Margaret River region in 1982 after a chance conversation with Bill Pannell, owner of the famous Moss Wood winery.

Impressed by the experienced Pannell’s assessment of a piece of Moss Wood land that was being sold, Bruce, an architect and town planner, bought it and decided to try his hand at viticulture. In 1983 he planted 10 hectares chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot, all classic Margaret River varieties, on the slopes of a small hill at Wilyabrup. The soils are generally gravelly loam on a base of clay, restricting vigour and allowing the vines to drain easily but giving them a moisture retaining layer to encourage the roots to delve deep. Yields are kept low.

The name Lenton Brae comes in part from this higher ground, ‘brae’ being a Scottish term for a hill, and Lenton being the name of a district of Nottingham from which one of Bruce’s ancestors emigrated to Australia in 1882.

The first commercial harvest took place in 1987 and was vinified at another local winery before Bruce designed and built his own in 1988. Early wines made people sit up and take notice of the newcomer, winning awards locally, particularly at the prestigious Perth Royal Show in 1992.

Sadly, Bruce passed away in 2014 but the estate had by then forged a formidable reputation for its wines and will surely go from strength to strength with Bruce’s winemaker son Edward in charge.
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