Willow Bridge G1-10 Chardonnay 2011 (Geographe, WA)
13%, Screwcap, $30
The ‘G1-10’ name here is a nod to the book of Genesis. Chapter 1, Verse 10:
‘And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the seas; and God saw that it was good’
Read of that what you will. I’m guessing that it’s a nod to how pretty the ‘dry land’ and ‘seas’ are. Geographe is an attractive part of the world for that matter, with great local fruit a highlight (had some superb roadside cherries in Geographe once).
Now, this Chardonnay – it’s hand picked, whole bunch pressed and wild fermented, matured for 10 months in barrel with a portion going through malo.
It’s a rather full white, with pangs of Margaret River grapefruits and peaches coupled with a little of the more nutty Pemberton edge. A sunny, ripe style, yet not fat, this has a very modern, gently toasty, leesy influenced palate, with a clever balance of lees and oak weight with firm acidity. If anything this looks a little ‘made’ but the firm acidity keeps that in check.
Certainly sexier than the region’s reputation would normally suggest, this is genuinely good stuff.
Score: 17.7/20 92/100
Would I buy it? I’d drink several glasses. So yes.