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2018 Mount Mary Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

A wonderfully precise example of the benchmark that is Mount Mary Chardonnay. The 2018 is a picture-perfect release from Sam Middleton.

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$110.00

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About

About The Wine

The famed old vines on the Mount Mary estate yield some of the finest Chardonnay in the district.

Sensitive winemaking from Sam Middleton and respect for the fruit is at the core of this wine. Sam looks to support the Chardonnay with high quality oak (around 30% new), a relatively hard pressing to extract more in the way of texture and some lees stirring. Malo is avoided to retain acid purity. Finesse is the name of the game here.

In 2018 Sam Middleton pulls together an exceptional Yarra Chardonnay. In seasons like this, you just want to get out of the road and let the fruit speak. Sam nailed it.

In the words of James Halliday, this is "Just when you think the Mount Mary wines can't get any better (at the point of release), they do."

About Mount Mary

One of the great Australian domains is in the form of its life with young Sam Middleton as head winemaker.

The list of accolades for the great Mount Mary is long and rich. They are one of the country's most celebrated and collectable family-owned estates.

From the impossible balance of the iconic Quintet and Triolet blends to the scintillating Chardonnays and the rare and almost mythical Pinot Noir, there is not a hair out of place in the Mount Mary line up.

With Sam Middleton in charge of the winemaking process, Mount Mary is entering its second golden age as one of the jewels of the Yarra Valley.

Mount Mary winemaker Sam Middleton
Mount Mary winemaker Sam Middleton
Photo Credit: Ewen Bell / Wine Australia
Additional Info

From The Producer

We aim to make a Chardonnay with great length, which reaches a balance between richness and elegance.

While some techniques are borrowed from the Burgundians, there are some departures from traditional practice in response to local factors, which ensures a unique wine. The most notable of these is that our Chardonnay does not undergo malolactic fermentation, as our local climate leaves the fruit with ideal acidity when it is picked.

Our Chardonnay is matured in 30% new French oak barriques with the remainder in older barrels and large casks (1500L). The entire production is barrel fermented. Relatively hard pressing is employed to give the wine texture and lees stirring is carried out to add complexity and body.

The Chardonnay is matured in barrel for 11 months prior to bottling.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Closure : Screw cap
Bottle Size : 750ml

Sam and sister Claire in the vineyard
Sam and sister Claire in the vineyard
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"Plenty of struck match, lime, almond, and white flowers (including vanilla, of course). It’s full of flavour, albeit set to a somewhat tangy and grapefruity expression, with plenty of grip and grainy texture, lime rind, spice and some honey water sweetness. Finish is long and intense, with a tonic-like twang, and zesty appeal. Excellent. Needs a couple of years to settle down." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

98Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Multiple clones, hand-picked, crushed and destemmed, fermented French oak (30% new), matured for 11 months. Pale straw-green; extremely focused and wrapped in a skein of citrussy acidity, the palate of extreme length, its future guaranteed by its screwcap. Just when you think the Mount Mary wines can't get any better (at the point of release), they do." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Delivery

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