This is the inaugural release of the Port Phillip Estate ‘Balnarring’ Chardonnay. This wine represents the exploration of our second vineyard, located in Balnarring. This vineyard, planted exclusively to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, was acquired in 2007 but was originally established in 1997. The original plantings comprise two distinct areas of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There are three Chardonnay blocks and the fruit for this wine was sourced almost exclusively from the oldest block. The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (12.5% of which were new) and fermentation occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts. Following fermentation the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for 11 months. It was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.
An attractive bouquet with notes of orchard fruits, acacia flower and ginger spice. The palate is citrus fruit dominated, with intense lime and mandarin flavours delivering a tight core of acid, that leads to a long and persistent finish. Whilst it is approachable now, this wine will reward mid-term cellaring.
The Wine Front, July 2019
Composed and well-powered. Port Phillip Estate never puts a foot wrong. Lime, white peach, cedarwood, pear and subtle custard powder characters pour confidently through the palate. The finish is still working itself out but it’s well on its way. No question of the quality here.
The Port Phillip Estate ‘Balnarring’ vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Balnarring, on Miocene sedimentary soils. Our wines are made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terroir: the integration of our geology and soils with the macroclimate of our region, the mesoclimates of the various sites within our vineyard and the weather of the annual grape growing season. Our cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate these unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice.