Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Montalto The Eleven Chardonnay 2012

This single vineyard wine is named after the oldest eleven rows of Chardonnay on the north facing vineyards.

I tasted this alongside the Hawkins Hill Chardonnay 2012 which was an interesting exercise. Of the two, this wine appeared a more leaner and refined style compared to the Hawkins Hill which was more broader on the palate.

The only sulphur added during winemaking was at bottling. The fruit was hand picked and whole bunch pressed.

Quite delicate with creamy, peach and nutty characters. There is an attractive aromatic funk and textural goodness in the mouth. Linear on the palate, the flavours are nicely balanced and long. Great consistency from the nose to the palate.

The winemaking style is quite interesting and although won't go into the 'trial' techniques used by winemaker Simon Black, it's worth checking out the website.

Moreish and easy to sip away.

Who: Montalto
What: Chardonnay (12.7% alc)
Where: Mornington Peninsula
When: 2012
How: $55

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