Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Ridgemill Estate Chardonnay 2014

An interesting story... Winemaker Peter McGlashan calls his premium Chardonnay WYP if the quality is there. WYP? Wet Your Pants! So when this was on the bench McGlashan was ready to label it as such, but the owner talked him out of it. Soon after it scooped the pool with three trophies and a gold at the Australian Small Winemakers Show in 2015. It's never too late to WYP!

Barrel fermented in French oak, delicious vanilla characters stroll through with elegance. A beautifully balanced wine, yellow peach and typical stone fruit, apricot kernel and grapefruit are all prominent. A squeeze of lemon acidity flushes out to a long and satisfying finish.

I tasted this at the cellar door and I was captivated. So much so I bought several for the ride home.

Will cellar long term and I'd be fascinated to see how this one develops. If I can restrain myself that is, having already ripped the cap off a few.

Super buying for the money and respect here for a little operator not gauging the customer and upping the price due to trophy and wine show success.

Very good+

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $28
Source: Cellar Door tasting

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