McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Chardonnay 2018 ~ Margaret River, Western Australia
94/100 - The Wine Front (2013 Vintage)
93/100 - Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage)
Decanter World Wine Awards - Commended - (2011 Vintage)
5-star winery - James Halliday
Good Food - "A complex Margaret River chardonnay in a modern style. Intense grapefruit and white peachy aromas have very savoury overlays of lees, restrained oak and slightly oxidative complexity."
Jancis Robinson "Rich, dense and fresh with ripe fruit flavours giving breadth." (2012 vintage)
The Real Review ~ Huon Hooke 'Top Aussie White'"This is a forward, cuddly, character-filled chardonnay with a full yellow colour and buttery, toasty bouquet. It tastes rich and full, generous and smooth. It’s a traditional full-bodied chardonnay..." (2012 vintage)
Tom Cannavan - "Nice toast and cashew nut richness here, with a lemony succulence to the fruit. Nice creaminess and a touch of dried apricot. The palate is refined with a dry, elegant fruit quality. Pithy and clean, the twist of lime extending the finish beautifully." (2008 Vintage)
Winemaker "All the hallmarks of Margaret River chardonnay leap from the glass: pink grapefruit, nashi pears, and blossom abounds. The palate delivers both freshness and flavour with a saline acidity complementing an abundance of white flesh nectarine and fresh citrus peel whilst subtle toasted almonds linger on the finish. Fermentation and aging for 8-months on fine lees in a combination of French oak barriques and large format casks provide depth and palate length to this flavourful wine."
McHenry Hohnen was founded by one of the pioneers of the Margaret River winemaking region, David Hohnen and his brother in law, Murray McHenry, an accomplished fine wine retailer. Both have been making wine in Margaret River since the early 1970’s. McHenry Hohnen vineyards are 100% biodynamic. Their three unique vineyards (Burnside, Calgardup and Hazel’s) produce wines that are a reflection of the land. McHenry Hohnen focusses on crafting site-expressive wines and are known for producing some of the region's best wines.
Margaret River is one of the best-known wine regions in Australia, recognized internationally for the quality of its wines and the natural beauty of the region. Although originally renowned for its unusually refined Cabernet Sauvignon and intensely citrusy Chardonnay varieties, the region now produces Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends and Shiraz.
Located in the south-western corner of Western Australia, it is famous for having a more 'European' wine style than its counterparts across Australia, owing to the regions temperate, coastal location which is very similar to that of Bordeaux.
Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular grapes, Chardonnay is made in a wide range of styles from lean, to rich, creamy white wines aged in oak. Bolder, richer, full-bodied and buttery Chardonnays are made using oak and are produced in California, Burgundy, and Australia. Unoaked chardonnays such as Chablis and those produced in Chile, New Zealand, and other parts of France are leaner and often crisp and mineraly, with delicate flavors. By law, if a label says “Chablis,” it must be Chardonnay.