2021 Juniper Cornerstone Wilyabrup Chardonnay
  • 94
  • Organic

2021 Juniper Cornerstone Wilyabrup Chardonnay

Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
$62. 99
$755.88 Dozen
Cellar: 5 - 6 Years (2028-2029)
ABV: 12.5%
Closure: Stelvin

From vines planted in 1973 with ageing taking place in French oak for a period of 10 months. Brilliant very pale straw colour with a distinct glimmer of green to the edges and a watery hue. Elevated white peach, pear and dried honey scents are married to subtle roasted almond, lemon butter and faint gun flint notes. Light to mid weight with a fresh elegant feel the palate features pear and citrus fruits over grapefruit, biscuity oak and infusions of gun flint. Finishes with brisk acidity and a tightly focused conclusion.
Cellar 5-6 years.
Alc. 12.5%

Other Reviews….
This is a blend of different clones – 74% Clone 95 and the remainder the traditional Gingin from the original Wilyabrup vineyard. Whole bunch pressing straight to barrel for natural fermentation has contributed to both its structure and the fruit complexity and intensity. After fermentation it spent nine months in oak with nearly half new. Yet the fruit intensity has swamped the oak so it is perfectly balanced and poised. In the end, barrels were selected before the final blending. Complex and creamy with a savoury nougat and oatmeal influence while fine lingering acidity sustains its linear mouth feel. Drink 2023-2033.
95 Points
Ray Jordan – WinePilot.com