Monday, 18 August 2014

Rorschach Wine Co. Chardonnay 2013

There's something about this wine I just can't put my finger on. It's a good drink but nothing flashy. But something just appears to be holding it back.

Interesting aromas are tossed up including a creamy Camembert cheesey thing but that then flies off to a citrusy angle via lemonade fruit. The cheesy thing moves on after a couple of days and the citrusy character holds firm. Under all that sits some yellow fleshy peach in a big cozy chair with a hint of buttered toast.

Down the hatch and those peachy characters shine a little brighter along with some cashew nuttiness. The wine is very mid palate focused.

A chat with winemaker Craig Thompson revealed this is the type of Chardonnay he is striving to make. "I'm aiming for the next 'next generation' Chardonnay, back towards balance whilst retaining aromatic freshness." I get what he is trying to achieve but at the same time I don't. But hey, that's just me.

I'd have a glass of it but not much more. It doesn't match the $35 price tag in my opinion.

Tell you what though, this is a label to watch. And watch it closely. If Craig's 2013 Pinot Noir is any indication, this is a winery on a very steady rise.

Region: Mornington Peninsula
RRP: $35

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