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2017 Montalto The Eleven Chardonnay

2017 Montalto The Eleven Chardonnay

Chardonnay
Montalto Vineyards
Mornington Peninsula
2017
750ml
13%
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap

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Chardonnay
Montalto Vineyards
Mornington Peninsula
2017
750ml
13%
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Montalto Single Vineyard range is produced from a handful of sites across the Mornington Peninsula, each with their own characteristics, driven by the individual microclimates of the peninsula. The result is a range that offers a true reflection of the expression of each site under the expert hand of the award-winning winemaking team.

    As the name suggests, this wine is sourced from just eleven rows of Chardonnay on the Montalto home vineyard, situated in Red Hill South. It's wonderfully complex with citrus tones, white floral top notes, nutty, creamy oak character, and flinty mineral tang. Top shelf.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Harvested from eleven rows of P58 Chardonnay planted in 1986 on our north-facing slope at our home vineyard site in Red Hill South, ‘The Eleven’ Chardonnay is by any measure a stand-out wine. The northerly aspect offers protection from the cool southerlies and plenty of sunshine during ripening. This is a special site with old, dry-grown chardonnay vines. The grapes are typically harvested between 11.5 and 12.0 Baumé and at this sugar level consistently deliver a collage of citrus flavours combined with mineral and floral notes and bright acidity.

    The fruit was whole bunch pressed with minimal settling and transferred directly to French oak barriques (27% new). There is no sulphur addition prior to blending. Following wild fermentation and natural malolactic fermentation, the wine is left to mature on lees which are stirred when appropriate following appraisal. Yeast lees collected from previous vintages are added back to some barrels to enhance flavour and texture. The wine is aged for 11 months in oak prior to blending, filtration and bottling.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Pale straw with green hues, the 2017 Montalto ‘The Eleven’ Chardonnay offers lemon and lime sherbet, tangerine and grapefruit combined with floral and mineral notes by way of slate and flint. White florals fuse with crème brulee and brioche aromas. There is subtle oak influence by way of roasted hazelnuts with hints of struck match. Purity and tension are the hallmark qualities of the 2017 ‘The Eleven’ Chardonnay. The palate has a tight, fresh citrus focus balanced with white-flesh stone fruits and lovely slate and flint nuances. There is remarkable drive here and a long and focused palate. Creamy mouthfeel from both oak handling and lees influence adds richness and texture.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Chief winemaker Simon Black and the award-winning winemaking team at Montalto, manage the production of the three ranges in the Montalto stable of wine. Their focus is to create wines of exemplary quality and character, utilising winemaking techniques that complement the unique qualities derived from their vineyards, in a style that reflects each vineyard site.

    Montalto’s three wine labels – Pennon Hill, Montalto Estate and the Single Vineyard range – are drawn from five different vineyards across the Mornington Peninsula.

    Montalto winemaker Simon Black explains how the wines relate: “To use an analogy, the Single Vineyard wines are like the principal soloists in an orchestra; each is unique in their offering. Years of innovative trial work in the winery has given us the knowledge required to capture the hallmark qualities and personality from these sites.

    “The Estate wines are more like the orchestra, where all the musicians come together to create a multilayered symphony. These wines are crafted from our best parcels of fruit from our vineyards across the Peninsula.

    “The Pennon Hill wines are all about drinkability. They showcase all the qualities that the Mornington Peninsula is best known for – perfume, purity, varietal expression and brightness.”


  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 96 POINTS

    GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT


    Cracker night. Green mango and citrus. Almond meal and spice. Finesse, intensity, a gentle gloss over flinty struck match and quartz, juiciness of fruit, but with restraint. Impeccable length. Outstanding. Smell it.

    95 POINTS

    JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    Considering this is whole-bunch pressed to French oak, 40% new, with lots of solids and undergoes mlf, it's surprisingly restrained and lithe. Citrus-toned with moreish sulphides, there's texture and intensity with talc-like acidity keeping everything reined-in rather well. A stylish chardonnay.

    95 POINTS

    JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    Considering this is whole-bunch pressed to French oak, 40% new, with lots of solids and undergoes mlf, it's surprisingly restrained and lithe. Citrus-toned with moreish sulphides, there's texture and intensity with talc-like acidity keeping everything reined-in rather well. A stylish chardonnay.

    95 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    Light, bright yellow colour, with a very complex bouquet of malt, toasted nuts, nougat, oatmeal - all components are in fine harmony. The wine is briskly tangy, thanks to elevated acidity. Great vitality; a superb, light-bodied, fine-boned chardonnay. (off red clay loam soil; altitude 106 metres)

    93 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    Attractive ripe lemons and peaches with some glossy, brulee notes. The palate has sleek-lemon and refined-peach purity. Drink now. Screw cap.

    ACCOLADES


    Trophy for Chardonnay Provenance - Mornington Peninsula Vintners Association Wine Show 2018

    Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2018

    Gold Medal - Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2018