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Also look to Xanadu, Stella Bella, Voyager Estate, Flametree, Robert Oatley, Larry Cherubino and Cullen for top Western Australian chardonnay.In fact, we drank a bottle of the 2007 Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay at Margaret River’s Settlers Tavern one night (their last), as this was really the first Margaret River chardonnay to turn the conversation towards elegance and balance.In Macedon Joshua Cooper and Silent Way are names to note and Tolpuddle Vineyard continues to set the mark in Tasmania.Yabby Lake brings the Mornington Peninsula region to the top table also.The best are wines of subtlety and finesse with lots of character and structure that are reminiscent of the best of France, but with Aussie purity.The Deep Woods Reserve Chardonnay 2017 set the bar high with Jack declaring “this smells like Chevalier-Montrachet!The Adelaide Hills, Macedon Ranges and Tasmania are the other places that really rate a mention in the chardonnay discussion with smaller numbers of wines achieving very high scores.
Quality now defined by terroir Riesling and shiraz from Great Southern, in particular Frankland River, are also very exciting this year.
Plate Restaurant, Bar & Bake Located on the mezzanine and ground floor of M by Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch, Plate Restaurant is a swish and modern new dining experience.
Along with the restaurant, the mezzanine hosts a cocktail bar, which overlooks the action below.
Australian cabernet flourishing Cabernet sauvignon has found such esteemed favor in Margaret River and the wines are continually hitting the benchmarks set by Bordeaux, Tuscany and US wines.
The refinement of vineyard management and viticulture is the lever for bringing Margaret River cabernet to the top level and familiar names find favour in this report.