|Our Price: $39.99 / bottle (RRP: $60.00)||Case: 6 x 750ml|
'At risk of stating the bleeding obvious: this is a beautiful white wine.'
96 Points - Campbell Mattinson
A viciously elegant Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay, that Halliday has praised for its effortless cool. Whole-bunch fermented in French Barriques, the wine is driven in its purity, avoiding secondary malolactic fermentation to retain precise and elegant flavours. Top draw stuff, that James Halliday has awarded 96 points. Selling at the cellar door for $60 a bottle, this 12.5% alcohol Morning Chard is a must buy, especially at 40% off the regular price!
This top-tier Chardonnay is precise, intense and rippling with concentration and nerve. Fresh-cut new French oak offers aromas of grilled hazelnuts, vanillin and spice with nougat and ripe pears, grapefruit citrus and florals - very complex. The palate has fine-etched acidity and savoury nutty barrel-fermenation flavous. A piercing and linear wine with restrained grape-fruit flavour, finishing crisp and mouth-wateringly fresh.
Whole-bunches were top-loaded to the press without crushing or de-stemming and pressed to tank. After being left to settle for 24 hours the juice was fermented in varying aged French barriques. After ferment the wine was left on lees for 10 months with occasional stirring. Secondary, malolactic fermentation was stopped to retain the required citrus notes in the wine. The wine was prepared for bottling without fining and only minimal filtration to protect purity and complexity.
Various slings and arrows of fruit and spice combine to create a sense of magic. Ginger, oatmeal, grapefruit and white peach characters slip into gloves of fresh fennel and smoky oak. At risk of stating the bleeding obvious: this is a beautiful white wine.'
96 Points - Campbell Mattinson (James Halliday Wine Companion)