The best Chardonnay on the Mornington Peninsula? Gee, it would be on the podium, that's for sure. This Tuerong from Montalto just keeps dishing up the goods time and again. Go here and indulge in the magic.
The vineyard was planted in 1990 and sits 40 metres above in the warmer and drier part of the peninsula ensuring the fruit ripens a little earlier. The afternoon sea breeze takes the edge off hot northerly winds allowing for gradual ripening.
Whole bunch pressed and sent to French oak (28.6% new no less) with some solids where wild yeast fermentation took place along with 100% MLF. After eleven months in barrel it was blended and bottled.
Little white field flowers, caramel, vanilla, barbecued peach - it's captivating from the outset. White fleshed nectarines, green apple, lemon juice, almond meal and cashews roll out the pleasure factor before some glace pineapple sneaks in for another level of deliciousness. Time in the glass produces a cheeky scent of oyster shell, yes! With Mediterranean tonic like feels through the mouth, damn, this is epic and I just want more and more.
Drink to eight years+
96/100Region: Mornington Peninsula