Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Montalto Estate Chardonnay 2014

My 400th review for the year so it needs to be top shelf, yeah? And this is. Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

I could smash a wheel of cheese with this, mind you, I could demolish it without any food it's that good. For those who haven't met winemaker Simon Black, best you do. He's a smart operator and he's always keen to push the boundaries. The range of wines he's rolling out the door presently is evidence of this.

Barrel ferment and some bunchy characters take hold on the nose. This oozes complexity and deserves some thought to ponder.

Bristling with nectarine, melted butter and some nuttiness, time goes on an some citrus reveals itself. The best word to describe this wine is layered. Superb length which begs for another sip. The balance between fruit, oak and acid is sublime.

Drink medium term.


Region: Mornington Peninsula
RRP: $42
Source: Sample

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