Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Bird On A Wire Chardonnay 2013

I caught up with winemaker Caroline Mooney for the first time in a few years at a Yarra Valley tasting which hit Brisbane recently. "It's just got to look like Chardonnay," she tells me. And oh, doesn't this what.

Of the Chardonnays tasted on the night, this was at the top of the pile for me. It's the party you just want to be at - well, for Chardonnay fans at least.

Think roasted nuts, grapefruit, peaches and cream and an unmistakable whiff of proving dough. I reckon I even sniffed out some Jersey caramel. Some sulfides flicker about too and these add even more harmony if anything.

Caroline tells me the fruit comes off Upper Yarra vines which are nearly forty years old. All the acid present is natural and a quarter of the wine went through malo. Some of that malo still shows too.

Delivery is full and generous. And that length! The fruit has a persistent drive without being forceful. It's just neat with some complexity to give you enough to chew over. Did I say I was a big fan?

Drink now to eight years.

95/100 - Excellent.

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $40
Source: Sample

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