"its star shines brighter than that of any of the 174 wineries in the valley" James Halliday
Mount Mary needs no introduction, it's the premier winery of the Yarra Valley and in the top echelon of winery's in Australia. Indeed it was Halliday's Winery of the Year 2018. The going rate for their estate Chardonnay is about $100 a bottle. But today we have their entry level Chardonnay. This is something you don't see too often. When it is available, it's snapped up within a week. This is the week, don't delay. I'm not going to put on some dodgy retailer spin on this wine and suggest it's every bit as good as their top $100, it's not, but if you want to get a feel for what Mount Mary Chardonnay is about, then this is your chance.
Fruit from vines planted in 2008 on a south-facing slope on the Mount Mary vineyard. Varying portions of younger plantings also make it into Mount Mary Chardonnay to give youthful vibrancy to the blend. The winemaking methodology follows other Mount Mary white wines, where the fruit is pressed relatively hard to give the wine a phenolic texture. Fermentation is conducted with a high solids component for added complexity.
"A little stuck match, lime and nectarine, cashew and spice. It’s fine but flavoursome, firm acidity crunching its way through a nutty and creamy core, juicy and flinty, with tang, lime rind, and chalky feel on a pretty long finish. Lovely balance. Very good drinking here." 94pts - Gary Walsh - WineFront
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!