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Robert Bowen Chardonnay
Robert Bowen Chardonnay
Robert Bowen Chardonnay
Robert Bowen Chardonnay

Robert Bowen Chardonnay

Triple trophy winner from Margaret River, Australia

A must try, from a vineyard with a reputation for producing outstanding wines. This wine has a rich textural palate with great length, flavour and a crisp finish, it has a complex nose, showing white peach and melon.

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  • Trophy winning chardonnay

    Covered in Glory - IWC Awards 2014

    Western Australia White Trophy
    Western Australia is renowned for it production of high quality wines, so to take this trophy from the many well-known and brilliant wineries is a real feat.

    Australian White Trophy
    Robert's 2011 Chardonnay not only took the Regional trophy but also won the coveted title of Best Australian White. This is a formidable accolade that proves the great quality that Robert is capable of.

    Best Australian Chardonnay
    Australia is well known for their production of really good, high quality chardonnays, so this award is much envied throughout the industry. This year winemaker Robert Bowen celebrates his fortieth vintage producing chardonnay, his vast experience and expertise is reflected in this wonderful wine.

  • Vineyard

    Comments from the winemaker and our buyer

    Robert Bowen - winemaker

    It has a complex nose, showing white peach, melon with just a touch of brioche richness which is balanced with the complexity of toasted oak and lees aging. The wine has a rich textural palate with great length of flavour and a crisp acid finish.

    My winemaking philosophy has always been to be a custodian of nature. As a custodian, a winemaker must respect the intrinsic value of each patch of vines and protect the fruit flavours of the grapes. A winemaker’s duty is to make the best of what is in the raw material, after all, wine is the fermented product of the grape. A winemaker must understand the vineyard where the fruit grows, if they are not the viticulturist they must be his shadow.

    Xenia Irwin MW Waitrose Cellar wine buyer

    The best Burgundy you’ll buy outside Burgundy.....

    The Chardonnay 2011 is the best I have seen in Europe from Robert – He may not yet have a big-name reputation over here, but that is just a matter of time. It is real privilege to have access to this wine and I believe it is one of the finest Chardonnay’s out of Western Australia. When I first tasted it I was bowled over by its Meursault like style with just a little bravado; concentrated and powerful but with a minerally finesse that supplies length and elegance and puts it up with the stars.
  • Notes from Robert Bowen

    Technical notes from the winemaker

    Vintage Conditions: In 2011 we experienced a wet spring, followed by a warm, dry summer. Ideal ripening conditions with even day temperatures produced healthy canopies carrying low to medium yields. This vintage provided intense fruit flavours showing bright peach and melon characters.

    Vineyard: Planted in 1980 on the south bank of the Margaret River, the gravelly loam vineyard is dry grown and cane pruned using minimal chemicals. The fruit is hand harvested and moved only a short distance to the winery.

    Winemaking Notes: Grapes were hand picked at dawn and whole bunch pressed. I sent the unsettled juice direct to barrel with the barrel selection being paramount. Wild yeast from the 162 year old cellar was allowed to initiate primary fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation of some barrels. After minimal handling and 12 months in oak, the wine was bottled in February 2012.

Food pairing suggestions from the winemaker

Grilled cod

We asked the winemaker, if he was hosting a dinner party what would he serve with this Chardonnay...

“Here in Australia I would serve a grilled fillet of the oceans best fish. Western Australian Dhufish is a beautifully flavoured fish with a firm flaky texture and heaps of flavour (their favourite food is the western rock lobster) but as your oceans are a bit chillier in the UK I would suggest a fresh Atlantic cod fillet simply grilled with a burnt butter sauce, crunchy seamed green beans and roasted kipfler potatoes.

Alternatively you could accompany with roast Pheasant, mixed baked vegetables, royal blue potatoes, orange sweet potatoes, shallots and whole garlic cloves to squeeze over the rich pheasant meat.

Or if you wanted to be a bit off the wall try pairing with Pecan Pie and clotted Devon cream."

Robert Bowen

Wine at a glance

Colour glass of White
  • Bin no: 554173
  • Size: 75cl
  • Alc Vol: 13.00 %vol
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Closure: -
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Region: W Australia , Australia
  • Special Features: Vegetarian

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