2008 Flying Winemaker Margaret River Chardonnay
Bronze Medal: 2010 Long Beach Grand Cru; Flavors of peach and citrus are underlined with a creamy texture.
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Margaret River, with its stunning coastline and world-class wineries, is one of Australia's most inspiring wine regions. Thanks to its maritime-influenced climate, Chardonnay as well as red and white Bordeaux-style blends are particularly successful. The work of the Italians was supported by science when in the 1960s agronomist Dr. John Gladstones and viticulturist Professor Harold Olmo recommended the region for viticulture, citing its climate and soil as being comparable to that of Burgundy. An untiring group acted upon Gladstones' advice and planted vinesï¿½names such as Vasse Felix, Cullens, Moss Wood, and Chateau Xanadu were born.
The region runs along the coast from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin in the south. The Margaret River flows east to west through its center, and the Blackwood River flows southwest to Augusta. The region features a ridge running from cape to cape. The land is undulating with a maximum elevation of 90 meters. The soils are gravelly, sandy loams. The region is large and varied, being divided into six sub-regions. The climate is warm maritime with cooling breezes (and sometimes strong winds) off the Indian Ocean. Most rain falls in autumn and winter. Harvest time: February to mid-April.
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