Margaret River, located in the far south-west corner of Western Australia, is one of the most geographically isolated wine regions in the world. But this isolation has been no barrier to the development of the region as it has evolved into a place dedicated to the pursuit of great food, exceptional lifestyle and fine wine.
Surrounded by the Indian and Southern Ocean on three sides, Margaret River has over 130kms of spectacular and diverse coastline. This maritime influence brings pristine fresh air, mild winters and cool sea breezes in summer, and most importantly, exceptional vibrancy to the grapes.
Chardonnay was first planted in Margaret River in 1976, and in a relatively short period of time, this coastal spot has become one of the world’s leading Chardonnay regions. Wines tend toward the elegant and refined, yet concentrated with a high degree of complexity.
Join us to explore the breathtaking Margaret River region and its fresh, elegant Chardonnays. Discover how the region’s maritime influences, ancient soils, modern history and Gingin clones all contribute to create this unique style.
Winemakers Steve James (Voyager Estate) and Virginia Willcock (Vasse Felix) beam in from Margaret River, whilst Tom Cannavan leads the conversation and fields questions.
The winemakers share their experiences in the vineyard and winery as well as their perspectives on the region and the wines. Find out what’s special about Margaret River and why it’s such a hotspot for Chardonnay. Discover the opportunities and challenges working with this grape variety, what the winemakers are learning and how they’re adapting.
Tom, Steve and Virginia tasted and talked about these six wines during the webinar:
- Thompson Estate Chardonnay 2018
- Flametree S.R.S. Wallcliffe Chardonnay 2018
- Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2018
- McHenry Hohnen Hazel's Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
- Voyager Estate MJW Chardonnay 2017
- Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2017