McHenry Hohnen `Calgardup Brook` Chardonnay 2012 (6 x 750mL), WA.

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Fruit is sourced exclusively from the Calgardup Brook vineyard in the south of the Margaret River region. The Calgardup is a westerly flowing stream; hence the site is open to the sea breezes that have a significant influence on the vineyards of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge, the hills that connect the two Capes on the south and north of the region. It's sandy, schisty soils are well weathered. These Chardonnay vines run east west on a slightly sloping northern aspect getting less direct sunlight and allowing for leaner citrus fruit characters.

WA - Margaret River
Western Australia

Expert Reviews

This is the second year I’ve been gifted the opportunity to taste the McHenry Hohnen single vineyard Chardonnays together. I’m not as familiar with these sites and names as I am with say, the Giant Steps models in the Yarra Valley, so it feels like I’m in the early stages of pattern recognition.

Looking back at my reviews of the 2011 offerings and it seems I’ve once again found the Calgardup Brook Vineyard version to be my clear favourite. A wine that strikes me as excitingly savoury, nutty, earthy and mealy. Perhaps these characters are brought into greater relief by the sweeter baked pear and melon fruit profile along with the cinnamon counterpoint to savoury pastry and sourdough traits. There’s even a high note of fig which may be a result of a warmer vintage. The interplay of textures and flavours enthrals me such that I’m loathe to talk about techniques but it is wild yeast fermented with 20% of the fruit matured in new French barriques. It took all of a day for that oak to sink in but I never felt it had been overemployed…and I am tasting these as younger wines than I did last year. 95 points, Jeremy Pringle - posted 19 February 2014

Winery Tasting Notes


An intriguing nose of ripe stone-fruit, kaffir lime leaf and almond meal leads to spicy custard powder and preserved citrus rind.


White peaches dominate on entry whilst flavours of lemon meringue, crème brulee and poached pears mesh together on a creamy textured palate. The maritime influence of the site is evident via hints of ocean spray, whilst the finish is long with a balancing mineral edge. Modern and focused...

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McHenry Hohnen Vintners was established in 2004 and is a venture between pioneer Margaret River winemaker David Hohnen and his brother-in-law and vine-grower, Murray McHenry.

Their aim is to produce a range of wines which truly reflect their site and varietal origins with all the grapes for the venture sourced from family owned vineyards in the southern part of the region.

McHenry Hohnen vineyards are cared for according to the time honoured principle of common sense. Through recognising the importance of soil biology, healthy vines are grown, which in turn, produce grapes to create wines which are expressive of their particular site. The approach to winemaking is simple – close observation, careful nurturing, with minimal intervention. The resulting wines show outstanding varietal and vineyard integrity, with balance, harmony and great character.

The wines produced by McHenry Hohnen reflect Margaret River's strong suit with Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties, along with a focus on alternative varieties which are performing very well in the region's Mediterranean climate – Zinfandel, Roussanne, Marsanne, Mataro and Grenache.

Winemaking is handled by Trent Carroll, with mentoring and support from David Hohnen.

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