Warner Glen Estate The Pick Reserve Chardonnay 2017
- Fresh, juicy
- Margaret River
Warner Glen are hot property - viticulturalist Glen Harding is growing brilliant fruit and winemaker Andrew Vesey is crafting it into even more brilliant wine. The Pick is the shining star of Warner Glen, and just like Margaret’s river, it’s gonna be flowing out of the warehouse (10 points for awesome segue?).
On the racier end of Margaret River chardonnays, The Pick is packed with tropicals, nectarine and pineapple, with a lovely flintiness and savoury acidity (the hallmark of a good modern chardy in my books). It trades on its balance, freshness and length - this is a real contender, so give this one a crack if you like your chardonnay youthful, crunchy and ready to roll. But you had better dive in before this river runs dry.
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- Margaret River
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Chardonnay
- Serving Temp.
Warner Glen Estate
Founded by father-and-son John and Travis French in 1993, this dynamic duo initially sold their wines to Cape Mentelle in the first 3 years of operation, until 2006 when they decided to start Warner Glen. Proudly family owned and operated for the past 10 years, John and Travis have certainly established themselves as one of Margaret River’s best wineries with a solid reputation for producing first class wines. Spearheaded by winemakers Bruce Dukes and Amanda Kramer, the team at Warner Glen take their responsibilities very seriously on every level. To ensure quality control from beginning to end, they strictly abide by their ‘Three Pillars of Quality’ which covers terroir, viticulture and winemaking. And after a decade of ongoing commitment and success, the results speak for themselves with 5 red stars and a proud reputation to match.
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.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Balsamic roast chicken
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 4 chicken Marylands, trimmed
- 600g chat potatoes, halved
- 1 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced
- 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
- Place vinegar, mustard, 1 tablespoon oil, garlic and salt and pepper in a large snap-lock bag. Shake to combine. Place chicken in bag. Shake to coat. Seal bag and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 200°C. Tip chicken and marinade into a large roasting pan. Place potatoes, remaining oil and salt and pepper in a second roasting pan. Turn to coat.
- Place chicken in oven on top shelf and potatoes on shelf below. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes. Turn potatoes. Roast chicken until it's cooked through and potatoes are golden.
- Combine lemon rind and parsley. Sprinkle over vegetables. Place on plates with rocket and chicken. Drizzle with lemon juice. Serve.