The name, ‘Birdhouse’, is a nod to a place from the history of the team and the family behind the Knee Deep wines, ‘Magpie’s Cottage’, which links them inextricably to the Margaret River region. 2020 was yet another excellent vintage in the Margaret River region – when is it not?
Deep pale gold. This is very much in keeping with what might be termed the ‘house style’ for Knee Deep wines at every level. They exhibit an elegance and finesse that is not necessarily seen too often in some of their contemporaries’ wines. And that certainly is the case here. If big, bold, in-your-face Chardy is your thing, perhaps look elsewhere. If finesse and balanced appeal, these are for you. There are some stonefruit and peach notes but even here, everything is kept well in check and nicely balanced. Good length on the finish and gentle oak integration plus a supple texture. This will drink well for a few years and should continue to improve. If your focus is on scores, I have no doubt that this wine will receive a higher one in a few years.