2021 Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay

Powerful cool-climate Chardonnay from a regional flagbarer.

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The Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay is a wine known for its power and intensity. This iconic amphitheatre vineyard has a long decorated history for producing top-quality Chardonnay and with winemaker Julian Langworthy now taking the winemaking reigns, with his raft of experience handling the award-winning Chardonnays of Deep Woods and Nocturne in Margaret River, that looks set to continue.

From an excellent vintage in Victoria’s Pyrenees in 2021, this Chardonnay shows a light straw colour with golden highlights. The palate is intensely focused, with defined acidity and subtle oak supporting its savoury and balanced finish.

Set to evolve beautifully over the next five to ten years, the Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay is a regional icon and one that would do well on any dinner table, now or in a decade. 

94 points
"Raciness and flavour, combined with aplomb. Citrus, pear, slate and flint characters launch from the outset, candied fruit and cedar notes emerging as it travels through the mouth. There's nothing lacking about this wine, and yet it seems zippy and refreshing; it will build flesh as it matures, and be better again for it."
- Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

94 points
"A little struck match, honeydew melon, white peach, maybe even some lime, with a honey biscuit spice on top. It’s lively, yet rich, a creamed honey and cashew richness in with pear and ripe lime. a juicy thing, though it finds balance between flavour and bright acidity, and the finish is long, glossy, flinty, and satisfying, and just a little bit savoury and pepperminty. Gee, Pyrenees Chardonnay has never had it so good."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

The 2021 vintage was idyllic in the Pyrenees in Victoria, and brought ideally-timed rainfall and ripening season temperatures tracking long-term averages. Higher yields and cooler conditions lent delicious natural acidity and produced Chardonnay of outstanding quality in this region.

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Fruit was handpicked and whole bunch pressed. The cloudy juice was then transferred directly to a mixture of new and one and two year old French oak puncheons (500L) and barriques (228L). Fermentation occurred spontaneously with wild yeast over the next three weeks. Post-ferment the barrels where topped and the wine matured in place for the next nine months before careful barrel selection and bottling.

94 points - "Raciness and flavour, combined with aplomb. Citrus, pear, slate and flint characters launch from the outset, candied fruit and cedar notes emerging as it travels through the mouth. There's nothing lacking about this wine, and yet it seems zippy and refreshing; it will build flesh as it matures, and be better again for it." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

94 points - "A little struck match, honeydew melon, white peach, maybe even some lime, with a honey biscuit spice on top. It’s lively, yet rich, a creamed honey and cashew richness in with pear and ripe lime. a juicy thing, though it finds balance between flavour and bright acidity, and the finish is long, glossy, flinty, and satisfying, and just a little bit savoury and pepperminty. Gee, Pyrenees Chardonnay has never had it so good." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

93 points - "The 2021 Chardonnay is subtly yet distinctly different from the 2020, which was the last vintage reviewed. Here, the wine leads with white spring flowers, apple blossom, crushed cashews and very fine, lacy minerals on the nose. In the mouth, the wine is soft, fresh and balanced; the flavors blanket the tongue in an airy kind of way. It's a lovely wine, showing the impact of further development in the vineyard (better canopy management, providing less exposed fruit) and the winemaking style. 12.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap." - Erin LArkin (The Wine Advocate)

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