2020 Oates Ends Chardonnay
A classic Margaret River Chardonnay with a perfect balance between varietal fruit expression and winemaking influence. A year that has given abundant white peach and nectarine aromas, with ripe grapefruit flavours. Barrel fermentation has given vanilla toast notes and the extended time on lees has given creamy texture and complexity. A serious wine for the Chardonnay lover.
Mike Bennie – Wine Business Monthly. 94/100 “Elegant, refined and precise Chardonnay that packs a lot of concentration into its fresh and seamless frame. Stone fruit, green apple, vanilla cream, some sea spray and Parisian almonds. The loveliest carriage of flavour, succulenct, silky, effortless glide and a pleasing bite to the finish. Margaret River personified.” Mar/Apr 2021
Ned Goodwin MW. 93/100 “Sourced from the aristocratic alluvials of Wilyabrup, this is a delicious mid-weighted Chardonnay that plies the regional DNA of peaches and vanilla-pod across a more expansive framework than the regional norm. Nuts and nougat. Honeydew melon and white fig. Creamy without being overwrought. And yet, dichotomously-and where the complexity resides-tensile and maritime-saline, albeit, richly flavoured and generous of feel. Compact and taut across the mid-palate, despite the billowing fruit in and around the mineral carapace. Fine juicy length. Immense appeal. Stellar value.” Mar 2021
Angus Hughson – Wine Pilot, Nov 20. 93/100. “It has only been a handful of years since the first wines from Oates Ends came out. The story is simple. Winemaker Cath Oates family property in Wilyabrup is an important source of high-quality fruit to some well-known labels. For the first vintages Cath took the fruit at the ends of the rows, the Oates Ends, for her own little single vineyard label. Today she has her own blocks on the property under which she has shown a lovely touch in wines with both power and subtlety. So some years back chardonnay was added to the mix in the vineyard and this is the very first vintage. It shows young vine characters, no doubt, but there is also plenty to love here. It was quite closed on day 1, probably thanks to a long trip over the Nullarbor, but on day 2 it came to life although was still young and tight. There is rockmelon and citrus fruits with a smoky flint edge all currently wrapped up in blanket of spicy oak. The palate is then compact and concentrated with powerful sherbet citrus flavours with a long and silky finish supported by bright acidity. Too young to drink now, it offers plenty of potential over the medium term and is very impressive for a first vintage.” 2022-2028.
Ken Gargett – Wine Pilot, Nov 20. 92/100. “I had the chance to look at a range of the Oates Ends wines a year or so ago – I had hoped to meet up with winemaker, Cath Oates (brother Russ has control of the vineyards), when in Margaret River at the time, but we could not make it work. Very much my loss. This is their debut Chardonnay, and what a cracking way to start. Time in French oak and, at the moment, that is front and centre. Quality oak with lovely nutmeg notes. Behind that, stonefruit, ginger and peach notes. Very attractive, clean plus excellent length and as the oak moderates over the next few years, this wine will sing. 92 now, but with a bullet.” 2020-2027.