Who makes it?
Larry Cherubino is a one of Margaret River’s well known winemakers. He has accrued acclaim and gongs a plenty and those are well deserved. The family now has vineyards across the southern tip of Western Australia. Initially, the focus was Frankland River. Since then, it continues to expand across Pemberton and Margaret River.
Never say that Larry plays it safe either. You will find an eclectic range of varieties in those vineyards. I have long been impressed by his Fiano. But there is also Mencia, Touriga, Tempranillo, Arneis and Prosecco amongst the more typical varieties planted.
How do they make it?
This is a classically made Chardonnay from the Margaret River – Wilyabrup & Yallingup sub-regions. Larry and his team judge this Chardonnay very well. It is whole bunch pressed and it then is barrel fermented in both new and 1 year old French oak. About 10% goes through malolactic fermentation to soften it further and add some light creamy smoothness.
What does it taste like?
The Cherubino Chardonnay is one that I look forward to trying whenever I see a new vintage. It is, as expected, a dry white wine. It is fuller in body with some pineapple, savoury peach and citrus. What draws you in everytime is that well judged oak. It adds some nuttiness to the aroma and flavour profile. As well as that beguiling silkiness and smoothness kept lively with a soft acid.
As this is bottled in a screw cap, this is a worthy mid term cellar candidate. It will gracefully gain some honey during that time.
What to drink it with?
Drink this Cherubino Chardonnay with grilled chicken or a toasted almond crusted white fish. Grilled scallops with samphire would be great too. It is robust enough to enjoy with a flavourful but light style of dish.
I would go for a washed rind cheese here or a nutty triple brie. Or a fresh goat’s cheese.
Quickie review « Lush and silky smooth. This is what you should expect from a good Chardonnay! »
Country of Origin: Margaret River, Australia
Tasting Date: June 2023
Price: UK £35 | AU$75 |USD$ ++
Drink: now – 7+ years
Needs food: no
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