La Kooki 2020 Boya Chardonnay
Boya means ‘stones’ in Noongar, the language of the Wadandi people, Margaret River’s traditional custodians, and provides connection to the country and terroir that has contributed to this truly unique and complex Margaret River Chardonnay, reflecting its sense of place.
A rock and roll chardonnay sourced from two Margaret River vineyards, Penny Lane and Grace & White. We whole-bunch pressed the handpicked fruit and wild fermented in French barriques. Stones were collected from our favourite coastal locations in Margaret River and added to the barrels during maturation, keeping them full. Texture, minerality and complexity evolved by rolling the barrels, using the motion of the stones to assist the lees stirring process over a nine-month maturation period.
96 Points – Erin Larkin Wine Companion
Sit there is a story here…. White peach, fennel flower, white pepper, brine, crushed macadamia and suggestions of curry leaf. On the palate, the pristine and formidable saline acid infuses a staunch backbone, which spools out through a long finish.
95 Points – Jeni Port Wine Pilot
There is a lot of winemaking skill evident in this wine, including the rolling of barrels to stir lees, which leads to a rare complexity. Preserved lemon, white peach, nectarine, citrus and grilled nuts rise from the glass. It’s like the wine was born in the traditional citrus/stone fruit mould and then the mould has broken, such is the role of leesy phenolics which coats the wine in a warm creaminess bringing forth baked bread, vanilla and almond characters with it. Stunning.