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Are his winemaking skills and palate on par with the greats of the 20th century? It’s a question without an answer. But if he is to be compared with the best of today, the answer is an emphatic yes. His wine show successes (and the team he has led) have gold medals flying around the room like confetti, with trophies (including the biggest of all, the Jimmy Watson) equally plentiful. And most of all, he is universally admired and liked by all who have had contact with him and/or the great wines he makes. JAMES HALLIDAY

You couldn’t fit Julian Langworthy’s accolades on the back of the bottle. He has won it all from the Jimmy Watson to Halliday Winemaker of the Year and taken out top trophies for his chardonnay, cabernet and rose wines. There are few winemakers in the country that could go toe-to-toe with talent such as his. While he made his splash primarily with the wines he makes at Margaret River’s Deep Woods, it’s his passion project Nocturne that he started with his wife Alana, which has really been thrilling us in the last couple of years.

While the single vineyards wines are nothing short of magnificent, it’s the more affordable and accessible Sub Regional Series which I continue to be hugely impressed with. If I had to choose a single word to describe this trio it would be ‘stylish’. There is a certain confidence to the wines in this range, an assuredness and finesse. They aren’t gussied up and flashy, instead they just let the excellent sites and fruit speak for themselves openly and the results are a highly compelling.

I never really talk about rose, but I recommend Nocturne’s with religious fervour to anyone who cares to listen. It picked up ‘Best Rose’ in Halliday’s Wine Companion a couple of years’ back so it’s no secret anymore, but if you are tired of the waves of banal Provence rose that lands on our docks every spring, then this comes highly recommended. The Italian one-two punch of sangiovese and nebbiolo work so well here. There’s a wonderful floral lift on the nose, a little spice too. It feels like an aperitif, with a pithy grapefruit tang and the gentlest grip on the finish. This one will be on repeat as long as the sun shines.

The chardonnay, sourced from vineyards around Treeton, is another gem. If Margaret River Chardonnay often feels like the Gold Coast in the 80s, then this is Noosa, or at the very least Burleigh Heads. It’s more grown up, with plenty of clever winemaking to build texture and savoury lining around that ripe, luscious core of fruit.

Then there’s the cabernet from Yallingup. Probably the best rendition I have tasted of this wine. It oozes class with nothing yelling too loudly. Plenty of lovely cassis fruit, woodsy spice and just a breath of menthol. Superb satin texture to boot. The bottle seemed to disappear very quickly.

 

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