|Wine||L.A.S Vino (Luck-Art-Science) St Mary’s Jerusalem|
|Region||Margaret River – Western Australia|
|Fermentation||10 Months in (15% New) French Barriques|
|Wine Maker||Nicolas Peterkin|
Good evening once again wine lovers. After a trial of red wine on my last review, I am back looking at just one wine.
I got intrigued by this wine upon a visit to the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. This bottle stood out, something a little alternative and slightly pre modern wine label. I could imagine this on a French Grand-Cru Label. All that is different is this one has Chardonnay written on it.
This wine is brought to us from the Margaret River in Western Australia. L.A.S stands for Luck-Art-Science, and it is under this banner that they create their wine style. Their wines, are sort of left to their own devices, and “terrior” is something they stand strongly behind. Their grapes are subject to some good soils and the weather being cool from the wind sweeping through the Margaret River creates an ideal location for these Chardonnay grapes. They let the elements take the course in their wine, and trust that their location and wine maker can pull off the exceptional.
But, has this “neglect” of their vines created a wine that is any good? Well let’s find out.
Colour: Pale Straw and bordering golden in colour.
Aroma: Butterscotch is the primary character in this wine. Nuances of vanilla bean, white peach and apple work away in the glass also. You might be inclined to think that on aroma alone, this wine is not a 2015 vintage, but a wine that has seen some bottle age. This wine smells rich, but with a touch of delicacy behind it.
Palate: Rich, it has a marvellous texture. This wine from the start is thick, like a good buttered piece of freshly baked bread, but then there is more! It starts to become creamy in texture and as you let the wine roll around in your mouth it gets coated in this rich buttery taste but there’s also traces of hazelnut working away ever so slightly in the background. As this wine hits its conclusion, we are introduced to some raisin like fruit that just reaches into the rich fore-tastes of this wine. The ending though is slightly different and we come back to the characters of the young Chardonnay. It’s crisp and resembles green apple with a nuance of white peach. It nearly resembles a homemade apple and custard tart. I’m glad to see some fruit character work back into this wine and it’s, oh – so good.
Personal Thoughts: I wish this wine was a South Australian one. It is one of the most interesting Chardonnay’s I have encountered. Never have I had a Chardonnay that comes across so evolved, yet, at the same time displaying characters of youth, which this wine is. This is a special wine. Unfortunately, it can’t make my top 10 list at the end of the year because it is not from South Australia. However, this is one wine that you must try. It is definitely worth its price-tag. When it comes to Chardonnay, this is what I envision as being what this variety is all about. Rich, buttery, displays egg based dessert qualities (like custard and pastry) Finally it’s crisp. This wine is that all intertwined into one. LAS Vino sure have delivered on this wine. If it had a long cellar life, it would be critically borderline perfect. If you can get your hands on a few bottles, you will not at all be disappointed.
Drink: Now to 2025 (Personally, I think it is at its peak now!) The crisp finish is what defines this wine to me. With age this trait will slowly fade.
The SA Wine Guy