Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Airlie Bank Blanc II 2015

This Airlie Bank range from Punt Road is bloody smart. In short, the brief is to expose wine lovers to wines a little left of centre at a reasonable price. $22 for this is more than reasonable.

I love it when the back label has as much personality as the juice inside the bottle. "Yarra Valley Chardonnay with the volume turned to eleven," it says. Well said too. Roll out the welcome mat to texture town.

Smells of match sticks and struck match, yeasty wild ferment aromas, it's skinsy, old school butter, creamy with vague lemon juice twist.

Fermented on skins and stalks for two months, it's textural with a generous rounded delivery. Balanced nicely with a persistent drive.

As for being a Chardonnay, well, it's not old school and not heavily oaked. It's not all peaches and citrus either. It is, however, an impressive wine born from some creativity and someone willing to push the boundaries. Praise to you a Tim Shand.

Drink over the next few years. Exclusively available at Blackhearts and Sparrows - get your hands on it if you can.

Very good.

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $22
Source: Sample

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