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7 March 2016 | Info Plantagenet

Josh Raynolds has released his feature on Australia for Vinous, including reviews of Plantagenet.

Josh Raynolds has released his feature on Australia for Vinous, including reviews of Plantagenet.

Western Australia is one of the most successful areas in the world for producing Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, especially the Margaret River region. Western Australia’s top wineries have fiercely loyal, well-heeled local followers who support the wines’ often lofty prices. Their best white wines, mostly based on Sauvignon Blanc à la Bordeaux, can also be outstanding, as can Chardonnay and, increasingly, Syrah. There are also a handful of deadly serious producers of world-class Riesling in the area, notably Frankland River and Mount Barker in Great Southern, but Cabernet Sauvignon, often blended with Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties, is the source of Western Australia’s fame.

91 pts    Plantagenet Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Inky ruby. Blackcurrant, cherry, pipe tobacco and cedary oak on the highly perfumed nose. Fresh and juicy on the palate, offering smoky red and dark berry flavors that put on weight as the wine opens with air. Finishes spicy, focused and very long, with building tannins and lingering hints of candied flowers and vanilla.

91 pts    Plantagenet Estate Shiraz 2013

Opaque ruby. Smoky cherry pit, cassis and licorice scents, along with suggestions of olive paste, cracked pepper and violet. Distinctly northern Rhône in character, offering bitter cherry, dark berry and floral pastille flavors with a late hint of smoked meat. Shows refreshing spiciness and lift on the gently tannic, tenacious finish, which leaves a sweet floral pastille note behind.

90 pts    Plantagenet Estate Riesling 2014

Pale straw. Stony, sharply focused and pure on the nose, displaying fresh lime and orange zest scents and a hint of candied ginger. Dry and tightly wound, with nervy citrus and orchard fruit flavors showing a refreshingly bitter edge. A suggestion of succulent herbs comes forward on the long, incisive finish, which leaves a touch of candied lime behind.

90 pts    Plantagenet Omrah Shiraz 2013

Brilliant ruby. Textbook Syrah aromas of dark berries, olive paste, violet and smoky bacon on the perfumed nose show distinct Old World character. Ripe, smoke-accented black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors are sharpened and given spicy bite by a suggestion of black pepper. Closes firm and smoky, with a lingering blue fruit quality and chewy tannins.

90 pts    Plantagenet Estate Chardonnay 2014

Light yellow. Aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, with suggestions of honey, vanilla and clove emerging with air. Broad and fleshy on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering fresh pear, melon and tangerine flavors and a suggestion of smoky lees. A hint of tarragon comes up on a long, supple, gently sweet finish that echoes the pear and tangerine notes. I would have guessed from this wine's supple texture that at least some of it had gone through malo, but I'd have been wrong.

Time Posted: 07/03/2016 at 5:14 PM
Leah Clearwater
9 February 2016 | Leah Clearwater

James Halliday Wine Companion Rates 2014 Plantagenet Chardonnay Outstanding!

Plantagenet 2014 Chardonnay

Plantagenet's 2014 Chardonnay was recently reviewed by James Halliday with the results pulished in the James Halliday Wine Companion.  The Chardonnay was given 95 points which James Halliday classes as outstanding and is reserved for wines of the highest quality, often with a distinguished pedigree. Tasting notes will usually appear in the Wine Companion book and also on  Check out the review below or click here to purchase.

Plantagenet Great Southern Chardonnay

Winery: Plantagenet
Region: Mount Barker
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2014


Wine Companion tasting note
James Halliday - Published on 06 Jan 2016

Wild-fermented in French barriques with extended lees maturation of 10 months after the conclusion of fermentation in those barrels. Plantagenet was one of the pioneers of chardonnay in the Great Southern, and its experience shows through with the combination of elegance and intensity of the varietal fruit, oak in respectful support, as is bright acidity.

Rating: 95
Drink By: 2024
Price: $30
Date Tasted: 12 Sep 2015
Alcohol: 13.5%




Time Posted: 09/02/2016 at 2:20 PM