Bill and Sandra Pannell were keen to grow the great grape varieties of France, certainly from Bordeaux but also from Burgundy. From the latter they planted Pinot Noir in 1973 and Chardonnay, as soon as cuttings became available in Western Australia, in 1976. Their first vintages were 1977 and 1980, respectively. The great red and white wines of Burgundy remain the reference point for us, although we are not trying to recreate the Cote D’Or in Wilyabrup. The wines are true to their sense of place.
Robust and intense chardonnay with grapefruit, stone fruit, peach, toasted hazelnut, brioche, and spicy oak flavours. A firmly-structured wine that’s a little closed at this stage and needs a year or two to open up and fully express its restrained complexity. Rating: 95 Points; Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
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