As you travel around the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia, the coast and the surf (and surf lifestyle) plays a considerable role in the environment and its culture. Windows is the name of the local surf break, not far from Windows Estate’s vineyards in Yallingup. The vines were initially planted in 1999 by Chris Davies at the age of 19. However the Windows Estate brand has only been winemaking since 2006. In that time this small premium producer has had considerable success.
The 2012 Windows Estate Chardonnay has been half wild ferment in French oak barriques. On the nose I probably expected more wild yeast ‘je ne sai quoi’. It still adds complexity without dominating the fresh lemon zest aromas, warm toasted coconut, and subtle vanillan oak.
On the palate the Windows Estate Chardonnay shows nice citrus and ripe melon flavours. A little bit of grip keeps the texture interesting. Nice acidity balances the subtle creaminess. Lively, but not too assertive.
With this wine I think the perfect match would be pan seared scallops, with a little Asian influence.
Production: 300 doz
Region: Margaret River
Source: Provided by producer