Walsh & Sons Burnside Chardonnay 2017
A well-rounded barrel fermented Chardonnay that is lemon in color & slightly cloudy. Aromas of yellow apple, sea breeze and salty nuttiness. Bright acidity and texture on the palate with a long finish. The latest vintage of Ryan Walsh’s top tier Chardonnay is as joyous to drink as the previous one, although it feels less age-worthy and a little more rustic in style. Lemon hued and slightly cloudy, it offers up heady aromas of bruised apple, nougat, salted nut and oyster shell. The seaside vibes continue on the palate, where the tangy fruit and bright acidity harmonize with a slippery texture and ocean spray saltiness. Editors’ Choice Limpid yellow-gold. Pungent pear skin, Meyer lemon and chamomile qualities on the highly perfumed, mineral-inflected nose. Chewy and taut on the palate, offering nervy citrus and orchard fruit flavors along with hints of beeswax and sweet butter. Concentrated yet lithe in style, showing fine definition and minerally cut on the long, focused finish. Ryan Walsh and Freya Hohnen grow this chardonnay in Burnside, on a hill above the Margaret River, close to the sea, where Hohnen’s father, David, planted the vines in 1981. They press the juice to barrel (about 30 percent of the oak is new), and then leave it to ferment and age on its own. Their 2017 is flinty and tense, hinting at rose scents, with the flavor of a peach just coming into ripeness. The finish is skinny, mineral-leesy and bright, suggesting this will age well.