Nocturne 2022 Single-Vineyard Release

The time has come for the eagerly anticipated eighth release of Julian Langworthy’s Single Vineyard wines from Nocturne. “Number 8… it’s a Chinese symbol of good luck and for any of you that ever read these notes, I talk about luck a lot” says Jules on the 2022 vintage. “That said, in the grips of spiralling inflation, interest rates, wars and the suggestion of a global recession, it’s hard sometimes to recognise, or perhaps we overlook the luck that befalls us… Wine is a tough business; however, I consider myself eternally lucky as I get to make these amazing Nocturne wines, different every year.”

“Each year I strive to make the best one ever, and it’s thanks to all of you for supporting this passion project – not just to make Margret River’s best wine, but Australia’s best wine (which in my humble opinion, makes some of the best wine in the world).”

We’re fortunate here at CellarHand that Jules has managed to secure access to enough brilliant vineyards to put a good amount of tasty goodness into bottle under the Nocturne ‘Sub Regional’ (SR) range of wines (the thirst-slaking SR Rosé being without a doubt the ‘house wine’ for many of us around the office), but it’s the Single Vineyard (SV) wines where things start to get super serious and we get to see what Jules is talking about with Margaret River producing wines that rival some of the greatest wines made anywhere in the world.  

Jules’ beloved ‘Sheoak Vineyard’ in the Yallingup Hills continues to provide the fruit for his iconic SV Cabernet. He was able to work on another cherished site, for a terrific Chardonnay parcel… the Forrest Vineyard in Willyabrup. He continues the unblemished run of being able to release a Chardonnay to compliment his benchmark Cabernet with each vintage.

“So, I guess we all need a little luck in this life, I have lucky underpants, I wear them any time I need a little extra luck, like flying in planes or drinking pinot…. Maybe more people need lucky undies, or I just need to get a number 8 embroidered on the front and share the love…” And lucky indeed, this release is better than ever, but not without a lot of hard work behind the team at Nocturne. This year’s SV8 is 100% allocated and strictly limited as ever – but worth the hype it is, this Lucky Number 8.

2022 Nocturne SV Chardonnay Forrest Vineyard, Wilyabrup RRP $63

A wine like this will stop you in your tracks and demand you take time to smell the roses or, with this, lemon blossoms. It’s a gorgeous offering with moreish sulphides, flint and, of course, powered by acidity and the excellent fruit. There’s a touch of lemon curd and creamy lees across the highly strung palate, pulsing with electrifying acidity. It’s invigorating, savoury, sleek and chic. 96 points. Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

This 2022 leads with gentle reduction, flinty complexity and loads of acid and fruit in the mouth. This abundantly composed, vigorously svelte and polished while being authentic. You get salted peach, persevered citrus, jasmine tea, star anise, clove, cut fennel and a line of graphite through phenolics. This is a thoroughly exciting Chardonnay to drink and to ponder- frisky acidity brings crunch and crackle, fleshy fruit envelopes the mouth, and there’s a curved line of phenolics through the finish.” 96+ points. Erin Larkin, The Wine Advocate 2023

2022 Nocturne SV Cabernet Sauvignon Sheoak Vineyard, Yallingup RRP $63

Cabernet off the Sheaok Vineyard, and it’s a beauty (although it comes in a way-too-heavy bottle about 1.5kg when full). No complaints about the flavour profile of blackberry essence and cassis, cedary oak spices and toasted nori, black olive tapenade and menthol. It’s fuller bodied with a ping of lively acidity, and the tannins are lovely – ripe yet with a cocoa-powder texture. Understandably there’ll be a desire to open this now, but it will garner more complexity with age. 95 points. Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion 2024