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2004 Mount Mary Chardonnay

2004 Mount Mary Chardonnay

97Pts Jeremy Oliver, a classic Yarra Valley Chardonnay, extremely limited release.

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97Pts Jeremy Oliver. Mount Mary winemakers 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 practise in response to local factors, which ensure a unique wine. The most notable of these is that our Chardonnay does not undergo malolactic fermentation, as the local climate leaves the fruit with ideal acidity when it is picked. Our Chardonnay is matured in 20% new French barriques with the remainder in older barrels and large casks (1500L). The entire production is barrel fermented. As with the Triolet, grape solids are included to give the wine texture, and lees stirring to add complexity and body. The Chardonnay is also matured for 10 months.

 

“A superbly composed, sumptuous and seamless chardonnay that marries perfectly focused white peach, nectarine and grapefruit flavours with a nutty creaminess and tight, flinty acids. Piercingly intense fruit is carefully backed by restrained butter/vanilla oak, and the long, silky and harmonious palate finishes clean and savoury, with nutty complexity.” Jeremy Oliver OnWine.com.au