Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Ridgemill Estate WYP Chardonnay 2018
Winemaker Peter McGlashan wants nothing more but to produce the best Chardonnay he can. He loves the stuff. Each vintage he is quite considered about his approach in his pursuit of excellence. The purity and elegance evident in this release is impressive.
This wine is a great example of how the show system doesn't necessarily always reward the better wines. In recent shows, this wine has not scored well at times, and scored inconsistently at that. Keep in mind judges look at each wine for perhaps 30 seconds before completing a bracket which may have 50-100+ wines. I had the opportunity to check this out over a few days. Once it had a little air under its wings it sang. Patience the key.
Easy drinking factor and svelte describe this best. It's the calm waves rolling into a quiet cove. Unpretentious and introverted of sorts, yet it has a personality best described as intriguing.
White nectarine and grapefruit drive the fruit profile with licks of lemon juice. It's lean profile just oozes class. Time in the glass reveals hints of barley and leave it long enough, as I did, to see shades of butterscotch. Oak has been handled very well all the while ensuring the fruit retains some tension as it slowly unfurls. There's a minerally vibe in the background too. A wonderful take on what is now known as "modern Chardonnay".
Drink to eight years.
Region: Granite Belt
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