The wine has an amazing smoothness and calmness that stretches the length of the palate, surrounded with textured fruit and mineral elements.
94 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (erobertparker.com)
The 2013 Chardonnay is exotically scented of guava, green mangos and pineapple with savory suggestions of marmite toast, buttered popcorn and roasted almonds plus a hint of struck flint. Medium-bodied with a gorgeous silky texture, it has wonderful purity and sophistication, finishing long and harmonious.
97 Points - James Suckling
95 Points - Antonio Galloni
The 2014 Chardonnay Bien Nacido is all about precision, class and nuance. Even with all of the richness of the year coming through, the Bien Nacido retains superb precision and detail. The oily, waxy feel only adds to the wine's weight and overall texture. Chanin's Bien Nacido emerges from Chardonnay grafted onto Riesling rootstock that was originally planted in 1973 in the W-Block.
99 Points - Stuart McCloskey
The 2014 Chanin Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay has a terrific purity and class. With aromas and flavours of white peach, stone fruits, white flowers and toasted bread it is elegant and balanced, with both richness and freshness - a classic, and beautifully made Chardonnay.
95 Points - James Halliday
From the coolest sites accessed by Deep Woods in the region, wild-fermented in new and used oak. Grapefruit flavours ride high and wide on a palate with crunchy acidity and an afterthought of oak completing the picture.
• Gold - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016
• Gold - National Wine Show of Australia 2016
• Gold - Perth Royal Wine Show 2016
97 Points - Ray Jordan, The West Australian, Oct 2016
This remarkable wine has to be one of the buys of the year. It is the finest chardonnay Deep Woods has made and further evidence of how far this Margaret River producer has come. Effortless and refined, with multi layers of flavour. Deep, penetrating palate extends to an extraordinary finish. Subtle, roasted cashew with a creamy middle palate balance understated oak and fine grapefruit flavours. (Best drinking: now to 2023, Alc 13%).
94 points (99 points for value) - Stuart McCloskey
Quite a shock if truth be known as the quality here is incredibly high (given the price, not Deep Woods excellent winemaking skills). The nose is a little closed at first but unfolds nicely after 5-10 minutes in the glass. The palate offers ripe fruit all perfectly balanced with citrus notes and minerals. Immensely appealing and quite a remarkable wine for so little money.
Currently more Burgundy than Oregon but a further 12 to 24 months bottle age will bring this Chardonnay back home. Reticent at first, but then unfurling with a little aeration with subtle mineral notes, spice and flint. There seems more tension than previous vintages. I imagine richer notes will emerge over the course of the next 3-5 years.
96 Points - Robert Parker
There are 1,020 cases of the 2012 Chardonnay Chloe (14.2% natural alcohol) which is sourced from the Ritchie Vineyard and represents the oldest vines, having been planted in 1972. It sees about 45% new French oak but you would never know that based on the sensational richness, texture and flavor profiles where the oak plays a minor role. Copious notes of white peach, apricot marmalade, honeysuckle, brioche and subtle hazelnuts jump from the glass of this beauty. Good acidity buttresses the wine’s broad, powerful mouthfeel, providing freshness as well as delineation. It should drink well for a decade or more.