2010 Mount Mary Chardonnay

2010 Mount Mary Chardonnay

96Pts Jeremy Oliver, a classic Yarra Valley Chardonnay, extremely limited release.

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96Pts 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 Mount Mary's Chardonnay does not undergo malolactic fermentation, as the local climate leaves the fruit with ideal acidity when it is picked.  Mount Mary's 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.

 

 

Jeremy Oliver 96Pts 

“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 96Pts

Campbell Mattinson 95Pts -
 
I may not be so keen on the 2009 Mount Mary Reflexion wines but this chardonnay is a belter. Chardonnay has a great history at Mount Mary and this is a powerful addition to the lineage.  Glowing yellow green. Taut, spicy, powerful and long. Melon and nuts, woodspice and grapefruit. Dry pears too. Built to age and, uncompromisingly, not for early consumption. Gentle brineyness just adds to the show.