98 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY
One of Australia's true winemaking treasures, Mount Mary was a key driver in the rebirth of the Yarra Valley in the early 1970's after nearly 50 years without viticultural activity. Today, in the words of James Halliday, "its star shines brighter than that of any of the 174 wineries in the valley".
The 2018 Mount Mary Chardonnay is another stunning example of Yarra Valley Chardonnay from the team at Mount Mary that's already attracting plenty of attention. As always, only very limited stocks are available, which will go quickly.
"98 Points. Bunch-sorted on vibrating tables, Oscillys-destemmed whole berries, 10-14 days on skins, matured 14-18 months in oak (25% new). Not a hair out of place, all the boxes with big ticks. A perfumed bouquet with rose petals and tantalising hints of forest, the vibrantly fresh palate with a diamond-clear stream of red fruits and spices. The length is awesome. Cork. 13.3% alc, To 2038."- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2021.
"Often in warmer, drier seasons we tend to pick the Chardonnay earlier than we perhaps otherwise would to control the effects of a dry and warm growing season (so important in the preservation of natural acid). During ripening under such conditions, flavours develop quicker and acids degrade faster. The 2018 Chardonnay has managed to keep its all important natural acid line, remaining fresh and focused but also full-flavoured from the warmer growing season conditions. The nose shows an array of complexities opening with toasty oak characters along with a smattering of flint/struck match. But swiftly pushing these secondary characteristics to the side is intense primary fruit of lime, seared pear and grapefruit. There are some honey and crème brûlée aromas also present here. As is the case with the Triolet, it is an explosion of flavour on the palate. There are flavours of honey, ripe pear, grapefruit, toast and almond meal. There is a depth and richness to this wine that is held firmly in check by the strict acid line that runs through the core, adding freshness and length." - Mount Mary Wines.
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