2021 Reserve Chardonnay named best wine in Australia and number 25 in James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of the World
The James Suckling Top 100 Wines of the World were announced today, with the Deep Woods Estate 2021 Reserve Chardonnay ranked as the 25th best wine in the world, scoring 98 points with James comparing it to "a top young Burgundy".
Not only that, but the 2021 Reserve Chardonnay was also the highest ranked Australian wine in the Top 100 and crowned as Suckling's Number One Australian Wine for 2022.
Suckling also recently listed this wine in the Top 100 Best Value Wines of the World, coming in at number 20.
With over 32,000 wines tasted by James Suckling and his team this year, there were six Australian wines listed in his Top 100, with two of these from Margaret River. We are immensely proud to have Deep Woods Estate listed alongside the iconic wines of the world and for the tiny Margaret River wine region to be reflected amongst the world's best wines once again.
Last month James completed his annual tour of Australia and New Zealand. He visited Deep Woods Estate for a tasting and tour and said, "Last week I spent time in Australia’s Margaret River region tasting and rating more than 600 wines with two of my editors/tasters. The region is best known for its top Bordeaux blends as well, but I fell in love with a number of its chardonnays, particularly the reserves of Deep Woods Estate. The whites have the power and intensity of a top grand cru Burgundy, but they show vivid acidity at the end of the palate. It’s surprising that the best chardonnays from the region are still under the radar for many."
Following his visit, he published incredible reviews for a number of our wines, including 98 points for three vintages of our Reserve Chardonnay!
Deep Woods Estate 2021 Reserve ChardonnayA tight and full-bodied white with flint, stone, sliced apples and pears. Really minerally undertone. Seashells, too. It’s so tight and focused with lots of structure. Long and intense. Powerful gunpowder and spice and sea salt. This is impressive to drink now like a top young Burgundy (Chevalier-Montrachet) but will deliver so much more in the future. 98 points
Deep Woods Estate 2020 Reserve ChardonnayMargaret River chardonnay at its rich, piercing and powerful best here. This has such breathtaking fruit intensity with yellow-citrus, peach and green-mango fruit all intertwined and laced up with toasty oak, gun flint and spiced cream. Ripe citrus fruit and peaches explode in the mouth and wash waves of creamy, ripe fruit flesh deep through the finish. 98 points
Deep Woods Estate 2018 Reserve ChardonnayA perfumed nose of lemon curd, hazelnut, crushed thyme, fresh hay and lemongrass. Medium-bodied with bright, driving acidity that adds definition and energy to the melding fresh and savory fruits. Textured and densely packed, but not heavy. Subtle tannin structure keeps things focused through the generous finish. Zest acidity at the end. Wonderful. 98 Points
Deep Woods Estate 2016 Reserve ChardonnayThis has aromas of white grapefruits, flint stones, peach stones, salted almonds and dried lemons. Tangy and vibrant with a medium body and swathes of white citrus fruit. Then the flinty minerality kicks in. Wakes you up. Showing beautifully. 97 Points
Deep Woods Estate 2020 Reserve Cabernet SauvignonThe aromas of lead pencil, graphite, blackberries, and blueberries as well as iron and violets is captivating. Medium-bodied with wonderfully curated tannins that are so fine and beautiful. Lovely to drink now, but will age beautifully. Racy at the finish. 95 Points
Deep Woods 2018 Reserve Cabernet SauvignonA lovely nose of red and black currant, cocoa powder, tobacco leaf, grated nutmeg and freshly ground coffee. Full-bodied with velvety tannins. Succulent. A host of red and black fruit washes over the palate with leafy herbs and subtle savory spices adding depth and complexity. Layered with fine-tuned intensity. Long, steady and refined. Fantastic structure and depth. Delicious already but five years of bottle will bring it around later. 98 Points
Deep Woods Estate 2021 Single Vineyard ChardonnayFantastic aromas of sliced cooked lemons and apple with flint, crushed stone, nutmeg and spiced pear. Medium to full body. Crisp acidity. Razor sharp. Oyster shells. Steely undertones. Tangy acidity. 96 Points
Deep Woods Estate 2020 Single G2 Cabernet SauvignonA deep and dark centre palate of crushed blackcurrants, spices and walnuts. Medium to full body, creamy tannins and a stone, oyster shell and iodine undertone to the composed fruit finish. Really dark fruit in the centre palate. Solid Cabernet Sauvignon. 96 Points
A huge congratulations to Chief Winemaker Julian Langworthy, Senior Winemaker Andrew Bretherton, Operations Winemaker Emma Gillespie and all of the winemaking and vineyard teams on these amazing reviews.
To read the full James Suckling Top 100 Wines of the World article, click here. To read his Top 100 Wines of Australia, click here.
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