Now this is an impressive Australian Chardonnay, from Sandro Mosele at Port Philip Estate. It’s a single site wine, from a 1.64 hectare vineyard block, and it shows massive potential for future development (on day 2, this wine was significantly better than just after opening), which might make my current score look conservative. It’s wild ferment, with 16% new oak.
Port Philip Estate Chardonnay 2012 Red Hill, Mornington Peninsular, Australia
13.5% alcohol. Very lively nose with struck flint/matchstick notes alongside fresh lemon and some sweet pineapple notes on the nose. The palate is powerful, fresh and complex with lemon, toast, fig and mineral notes. Richer pear and white peach notes are hemmed in by the fresh citrus character. A taut. complex wine with a bright future. 94/100 (UK agent Carte Blanche)
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