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Wine tour operator, wine writer and lapsed physiotherapist. "Nature abhors a vacuum. I personally hate dusting."


Monday, April 19, 2010

West Brook Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009

Another stunner from small family winery West Brook

Rich and mildly toasty with flavours of peach, grapefruit, butterscotch and hazel nut. Fantastic for such a young wine - it will only blossom and get even better over 5 years. Watch this one for major awards (already picked up a Gold).

West Brook’s new modern concrete winery complex has landscaped manicured lawns leading down to a placid duck pond with rows of neat vines beyond.
Third generation Croatian winemaker Anthony Ivicevich and his charming wife Susan own the operation, which produces about 40,000 cases per year. The original family vineyard was planted in Henderson in 1937, but in 1998 they relocated to the new site. Every Labour Weekend, they host a Food Wine & Jazz festival, with hearty food, wines by the glass and Swing jazz to relax to. Last year, a young woman, egged on by mates and (ahem) ‘happy’ crowd, swam across the duck pond for $500.

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