One of the wines I look forward to tasting each year and again there is nothing but joy and pleasure in the glass. A wine of serious quality, Simon Black's pursuit of excellence deserves a chorus of support from Chardonnay lovers.
A vertical tasting of the last decade would be quite something. The detail and precision of the making let alone the quality of the fruit continues to mesmerise.
If you get the chance to share this, don't. It's good to be selfish once in a while.
White fleshed nectarines, custard powder and whipped butter make an early impression with barbecued peach, some pineapple and raw cashews. I sit in the chair with a look of inner peace. Think Andy Dufresne from Shawshank Redemption contemplating life in the yard with nothing but his positive pants on. The oak plays its part but isn't outdone by the fruit. Grapefruit acidity cuts in on close and delivers a considered citrus acidity to the finish.
Anyway, don't mind me. I'm drifting to a higher place right now with the rest of this bottle under my arm.
Drink to eight years+
96/100Region: Mornington Peninsula