Perfectly pitched chardonnay from Dave Mackintosh, with flavour and elegance in equal measure.
Refined lift of coolly ripe stone fruit, white nectarine mainly, with a nutty kernel character and an apple pie note. Subtle winemaking adds a little layer of citrus curd and discreet oak, with the palate gently textural, savoury and fresh. There’s plenty of flavour here, but it’s not broad, and there’s good freshness and race, but it’s far from lean, just everything in such perfectly equal measure.
Themes of this wine
With an explosion of interest over the last few decades, chardonnay is now the world’s most planted white grape. With its ability to grow in varied conditions and make everything from sparkling wine, to lean and mineral whites, to full-bodied textural expressions, it is perhaps no surprise to see Burgundy’s key white grape become so dominant.
The Yarra Valley, about 50 km north-east of Melbourne, is one of Australia’s premier wine regions, and one of the country’s coldest viticultural zones. The regional champions are chardonnay and pinot noir, with cabernet and shiraz in more than able support. Aside from the vinous pedigree, the Yarra is also one of the best serviced wine regions for visitors, with a wealth of cellar doors and restaurants, and ample accommodation across the price spectrum.
Read more about Yarra Valley, here.