Hutton Triptych Reserve Chardonnay 2019
- Rich, full
- Margaret River
This is a stunner, the real deal right here. Michael Hutton has been around wine in Margaret River his entire life and makes some of the best small batch chardonnay in the entire country. That’s not an exaggeration. This is his top wine, the Triptych Reserve. It comes from a single vineyard in Wilyabrup, the ‘golden mile’ so to speak of Margaret River. Handpicked Gin Gin and Clone 5 grapes were picked in the cool of night before undergoing a gentle whole-bunch press and wild barrel ferment in 28% new French oak. After eight months in barrel, the wine was bottled and less than 100 cases were produced.
My own notes from the tasting table: excellent, minerally, beautifully integrated oak, vivid acid, nutty but linear, lemon, subtle honey, mascarpone, sherbert, powerful but without heft.
And if that’s not enough to convince you of how special this wine is, have a read of Gary Walsh’s review from The Wine Front below.
The Wine Front
“It’s always a pleasure to taste a wine that’s light in alcohol that also delivers flavour. There’s some gold to the colour, then into ripe lime, almond, aniseed and green herb, some ginger and spice, subtle matchstick. It’s tight with ripe lime, pink grapefruit and barely ripe pineapple flavour, a fine firm chalky texture, some nougat and oatmeal creaminess, juicy acidity, and offers a finish of particularly distinguished length and high definition. Classic Hutto.”
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Margaret River is as elusive as it is beautiful, such that you really need to visit to truly grasp its haunting beauty. Über-premium Cabernet, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends grow here. 'Margies' only produces 3% of the country's grapes, but commands over 20% of its premium wine market, and hasn't had an off vintage since 2006. You start to realise how often this region is overlooked when you can list brands like Leeuwin, Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, and Voyager, not to mention Cullen, Pierro, Moss Wood, and Deep Woods. It's safe to say that it's time for a revisit.