Attractive citrus scents combine with blossoming white flowers and honeysuckle on the nose. Fresh mandarin and ginger spice dominate the palate with lemon pith, white nectarine and toasted cashew. The briny acidity provides a linear freshness resulting in excellent length and a chalky texture.
Wine of the Week, February 2019
Calling all lovers of Chablis. If you are finding your fresh, citrus/mineral favourite increasingly expensive then here is a very good Australian alternative from Kooyong on the Mornington Peninsula. There is a floral/talcum powder nose leading on to an impressive intensity and acidity on the palate. Think pithy mandarin and grapefruit, hints of ripe stone fruits, with just a hint of nuttiness. Wonderfully fresh and beguiling. My bet is you’ll empty the bottle quick smart.
The 2018 Kooyong Clonale is a blend of Chardonnay from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards.
The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (of which 7% were new), where fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts. Following fermentation, the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for nine months. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.