A bit of struck match and funk, white nectarine, lime and almond. It’s tight and crunchy, fine-boned and light, a subtle pineapple cream flavour in with the other more saline/savoury/nutty complex things. Distinct flinty and cool and clear feel, along with excellent length.
Nocturne SV Chardonnay 2020
Classic generous Margaret River Chardonnay.
Grape variety – Chardonnay
Region – Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
Vintage – 2020
Winery – Nocturne
Profile – Stone fruits, light – medium bodied, layered, flinty
Nocturne is the husband-and-wife partnership between Julian Langworthy and his wife Alana. The two met as young winemakers in South Australia and have been producing their own side-project wines together for over 12 years. Nocturne is producing highly awarded single-vineyard wines from exceptional sites in Margaret River. This is the region where Julian grew up and where he’s honed his winemaking skills. In the process he’s won just about every prize imaginable, having taken out Winemaker of the Year for the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion, the 2016 Jimmy Watson Memorial trophy, at Royal Melbourne in the space of just a couple of years.
Julian and Alana are smart, ambitious and acutely sensitive to the best fruit sources in the region – including their pride and joy, their Sheoak Vineyard with its beautifully mature Cabernet vines. Nocturne is now comprised of two wine ranges. The Single Vineyard or SV range and the Sub Regional or SR range. The SV Sheaok Cabernet and SV Tassell Park chardonnay remain as ever awesomely epic expressions of the best sites in Margaret River. These wines are so mouth-wateringly good but alas they remain in tiny allocations….. The SR range well its very cool and getting cooler by the minute. It is a pleasure to present these dazzlingly vibrant, stylish and engaging wines that are a real joy to drink.
Accolades & Awards
97 points – James Halliday’s Wine Companion.