2021 Picardy Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
85% Sauvignon Blanc 15% Semillon
As usual, super aromatic, and laden with spring snow peas, jasmine flowers, and hints of cassis. On the palate there is white currant, green apple and structurally fine, chalky phenolics. Much like the 2021 growing season, there is a lot going on here; it is restrained, and balanced, crushed shell and brine run alongside granny smith apple and citrus pith, it has got length and texture… This is fast becoming one of my favourite wines in the release for its freshness and complexity, all achieved via fruit and hand alone – there is no oak used in this wine. This has concentrated flavour, but it never strays on to the tropical spectrum – it remains taut, citrussy and elegant.
2020 Picardy Chardonnay
Hand picked, 40% whole bunch pressed, a selection of Dijon clones (76, 95, 96 and 277), matured in French oak (25% new) for 10 months. If you ask Bill about chardonnay clones, his response is steeped in decades of experience and knowledge. The Pannells spent many years in Burgundy as part owners of Domaine de la Pousse d’Or, and through their time there, forged enduring friendships with producers and commentators. Bill’s perspective on chardonnay clones was strongly influenced by the famous Burgundian Chardonnay maker Vincent Leflaive, and that is that no one clone will produce the best, most complex chardonnay, rather a reliance on the correct selection will produce a wine of greater complexity and balance. Bill brought these clones into Western Australia in the 1990’s, and they are now milling around the 20 year old mark. What we have in the glass, from a ripe and powerful vintage such as 2020, is a taut, voluminous and spicy wine. There is the curry leaf and brine that I look for from the ferment, there is pink grapefruit, white peach and lemon pith from the clones, and the volume of flavour and intensity, which springs from the vintage in which the grapes were grown. A marvellous wine, which year on year is better than the last. Can’t wait to drink this over the coming days (if it makes it that far) and watch how it evolves. A beautiful wine of supreme elegance and poise.
2020 Picardy Pinot Noir
Tasting note by Ambrose Nock
Wide open aromatically, with lovely cool climate pinot scents and beguiling musky hints transitioning to damp rose petals.
An elegant and graceful palate, with subtle hints of sour cherry and stemmy complexity. Precise tannins and a light touch of high quality oak provide just the right support, enabling the fruit to speak with confidence. And what fruit it is; admirable depth, while retaining a lightness of touch.
With very low yields picked in February after a mild ripening season and early bud burst, this wine confidently follows on from the benchmark
2018 & 2019 releases. What characterizes the 2020 in comparison is, perhaps, an extra level of finesse.
An absolute joy.
2018 Picardy Tête De Cuvée - Pinot Noir
Much has been said about this vintage release, and quite rightly so. This wine is a new hightide mark for a winery that has been expanding its reign over the variety in Western Australia for many years. This 2018 vintage is testament to the exploration of clones in the vineyard and a long-held obsession for red Burgundy. Red cherry, strawberry, black olive, crushed coffee grounds and red apple skins are the first scratch of the surface here; the palate confirms all of these aromas and breathes into them real life. As is usual for this wine, it really starts to come into its own with air and beathing; the flavours spreading over the back palate like a picnic rug over grass. Having looked at this wine many times over the past 12 months, it has entered a very quiet phase which it will likely have emerged from in time for release, further confirming the decision to hold it back an additional year. This is, without doubt, the greatest pinot noir released by Picardy to date, and with the expectation that 2019, and 2020 will yield wines of equal quality (albeit different attributes), we have officially entered a great period in the history of the house. En guarde.
2019 Picardy Shiraz
Tasting note by Erin Larkin
12 months in French oak. As usual, a bright, vibrant, silky and red fruited display of pomegranate, raspberry and red licorice – a formidable combination. In the mouth the wine is creamy and plush; the texture seems to become finer and more poised with every vintage that goes by.
While the fruit is gorgeous – totally red and ripe - the tannins and shape are undoubtedly the standout features here… they create carry and drive through the finish that seems to push the fruit along.
Quite something. Very classy..
Tasting note by Erin Larkin
Juicy red berries and mid-weight, plump fruit define the introduction to this wine. Sweet cocoa, raspberry, dark chocolate, sea salt, pomegranate and field strawberries are the notes, played in harmony and sync with the exotic market spice (star anise, aniseed and pink peppercorn). While this is succulent, it has a restrained leanness that balances out the fruit; the acidity is couched just behind the teeth and adds a subtle lift and chew to proceedings.
This is a wonderful wine, all the more so through the lens of this glorious vintage. Ripe, balanced, supple and harmonious, and sure to offer a comfortable future ahead should that be the path that you choose.
2018 Picardy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc
2018 Picardy Merlimont -
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Tasting note by Erin Larkin
24 months in seasoned French oak. WA is fortunate, in that there has been a (long) string of excellent vintages, (each carrying its own attributes) over the past couple of decades. 2018 will perhaps go down as one of the greatest among them, for its seemingly unending ability to produce perfectly ripe, powerful and balanced grapes, and therefore wines.
This is absolutely no exception to that, and may go down as one of the greatest Merlimonts yet.
Soft, zen and perfectly ripe fruit has tannins that seem to be seamlessly countersunk; the acid a current of electricity that brings light, and the oak an invisible structure that holds it all in shape. Again, the texture is the standout here, smooth, rolling… viscous, even.