Cherubino Gingin Willows Vineyard Chardonnay 2022

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“The 2022 Gingin Willows Vineyard Chardonnay is pretty, with custard apple, donut peach, cinnamon, croissant, vanilla pod and almond meal in profusion. It’s like a feather pillow—soft, sinking, soft. In the mouth, the acid pulls it firmly back onto the rails and imbues it with a backbone. What a pretty thing this is. It is so plump, but structured and fine. It has a shells and spray sort of character. 13% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink: 2023-2032. 94+ points

To suggest that Larry Cherubino makes a prodigious amount of wine would be both correct and a gentle understatement. However, he and his winemaking team (not to be overlooked or underestimated) are responsible for a huge number of very high quality wines, as are evidenced in this report. The Chardonnays are routinely made in a full-bodied, plush style, which is created by winemaking rather than later picking dates. The wines are enveloping, rich, balanced and opulent, in many cases, yet always classy.

The Cabernets are often supported by a profusion of very high quality French oak. They offer cellaring propositions of the highest order, emphasized by Larry’s access to very high quality fruit and very high attention to detail in his vineyards.

The wines included in this report are his Margaret River wines, but he also makes a collection of wines from the Great Southern. The “plus” signs in the scores here indicate that the wines will be better with time.”

Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/23)