2021 Quartier Chardonnay

2021
Quartier Chardonnay

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Tasting Profile

January 2022

The nose bursts with aromas of fresh-cut pear, lemon and lime peel, bright floral notes and hints of underlying savouriness. The palate is lively and juicy with stone fruit and citrus flavours. The fleshiness is balanced by spicy fennel, lemon pith and crisp acidity on the finish. Fresh and bright with length and intensity, this wine can be enjoyed now and into the mid-term.

13.5%

Tasting Profile 2021
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Reviews

The Real Review, March 2022

Stuart Knox

A pale lemon-yellow hue. Fruit-driven on the nose, apples and peaches with a hint of lemon thyme as well. Fresh and vibrant on the palate; the fruit sits high and bright with a good crunch of acidity. It carries good length and the drive to the finish shows more saline-mineral characters. Good value here.

91 points

WineFront, April 2022

Gary Walsh

A juicy little number here. All ripe pear, stonefruit, discreet oak spice, and a distinct aniseed perfume. Plenty of flavour, again peach and pear, along with a gentle chalky texture, balanced acidity, and a dried pear and cinnamon in the aftertaste. Affable. Easy to enjoy.

90 points

 

Wine Pilot, April 2022

Ken Gargett

Cracking Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay for under $30. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed into a combination of French oak barriques (of which 8% are new) and stainless-steel tanks. After fermentation, eight months on lees, without bâtonnage and then bottled with minimal filtration and no fining. Pale yellow in colour, there are notes of spices, rockmelons, nuts and riverstones. Good concentration here, and length. This is ripe and with the most appealing seamless palate. Should drink very well over the next two to four years. Lots to like here.

92 points

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The Vintage

Although 2020 Winter was mild, it provided excellent rainfall, with approximately 225mm falling evenly throughout June, July, and August. Budburst commenced in the second week of September, a typical start to a season on the Mornington Peninsula. Spring presented typical conditions with fluctuating temperatures and rainfall. Temperatures stabilised before flowering, and the region experienced favourable conditions throughout this critical time of the season. All our vineyards enjoyed good flowering and fruit set. While early Summer rainfall was below average, conditions shifted to wet and humid during January. The viticultural team worked diligently to ensure our vineyards remained disease-free. Veraison commenced mid-January, earlier than the last couple of seasons. Our vineyards were replenished with good natural rainfall during this time, thus satisfying the increased water demand of grapevines. The sunny but relatively cool weather throughout February meant ripening was slow and steady. Harvest commenced in early March and continued into early April. The weather remained mild throughout, and harvest progressed at an even pace, providing ideal conditions.
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The Vineyard

Quartier means neighbourhood in French and the Quartier varieties are a celebration of diverse terroirs on the Mornington Peninsula. The fruit for this wine is sourced from neighbouring vineyards in Balnarring and Dromana.

The fruit was whole-bunch pressed directly into a combination of French oak barriques (8% new) and stainless-steel tank, where fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts. After fermentation, the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for eight months. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

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