Halliday Wine Companion
It's gently spiced with pepper and cinnamon quills. It's floral with some fresh herbs, poached apple, bees wax and refreshing lemon barley water flavours. The palate is altogether racier, almost Riesling-like acidity keeping this long and pure with the right amount of phenolics adding that extra layer.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2021
95 points & No. 1 Chenin Blanc
Terrific example of the Swan Valley's Chenin Blanc sourced from the vineyard Rob's late father Tony owned. Shows the intensity and vibrancy of this variety, with so much flavour all held with the characteristic fine acidity that snuggles into the palate. After natural fermentation, a portion was put into oak and then blended. Love the lemon rind characters that work with the creamy oak. A real crowd pleaser.
Australian Financial Review
A fresh and nervy young wine right now, all Granny Smith crunch and brightness: a couple of years in the cellar will see it flesh out beautifully and develop a richer texture.
#9, West Australian Good Food Guide Awards 2020
Another strong argument to pay heed to the reinvention of Swan Valley and its upswing in quality wines. This charming white opens with tutti frutti scents but does a different trick in the palate where it feels tart and refreshing, leaning into savoury character and decidedly saline-minerally.
Steely and intense, there’s great carriage of flavour across the palate and the wine feels brisk and wonderfully refreshing. So excellent. Chenin is a hero.
Fruity nose with green-fruit notes – a bit like a cooking apple dipped in runny honey? Pretty firm on the end – recognisably related to a fine Montlouis or Vouvray. This should age pretty well – it's delightfully ambitious – but it will probably all be drunk long before it's really ready. A really distinguished dry wine for the long term.
The Wine Front
Corymbia Chenin will be The Next Big Thing. From Rocket’s Vineyard (the Mann family’s site) out back of Swan Valley, kind of. Tightly wound in youth, you have to give these wines some time. Indeed, the asset here is Hunter Valley Semillon-esque, or Tahbilk Marsanne-esque. Time. Patience. Reward. Even drinking in youth it needs a year. Whole bunch pressed, natural ferment, time on lees.
Precise and racy style, kept in check with limey acidity and chalky phenolic grip. Actually, so much grip, rivulets of talc-and-salt-like pucker and chew. Serious structure and finesse in tow. Lime, tonic water, mixed minerals. Whoosh. Belter of a wine.
Some attractive, flinty and stony notes here with lemons and sliced green apples, in a very fresh mode. The palate has a very fresh, sleek feel with beautifully crisp, fresh and elegantly pure resolve. Drink now. Screw cap.