2011 Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay Pyrenees Victoria

SKU #1125447 95 points James Halliday

 David Jones has long been the leader of chardonnay in the Pyrenees, and this rendition is full of energy and life; the bouquet reveals lemon pith, smoky oak and struck quartz; the palate is racy and taut, with the acidity and the strong mineral personality working seamlessly to a long and even conclusion.  (7/2013)

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This iconic estate nestled into a natural amphitheatre 2,000 feet up in Victoria's Pyrenees mountain range produces some of the country's most highly regarded and awarded wines that have attracted very high points from the world's top critics. We are extremely happy to offer a limited allocation of these wines exclusively for K&L customers. The vineyard was established in 1976 and is the highest and most remote in the Pyrenees region. All the vines are dry farmed and naturally low yielding due to the very poor rocky soils. The elevation of the site means that they experience dramatic diurnal swings in temperature, the cool nights drawing out the growing season and preserving excellent natural acidity in the wines. The slow gradual ripening process results in more complex flavor development and bestows the wines with exceptional longevity. These wines whilst being remarkably good young will be excellent prospects for a decade plus in the cellar. Just released, the 2011 is not yet professionally reviewed, but the 2010 garnered 94 points from James Halliday. Notes from the Winery: "This is our 27th vintage of producing fine Chardonnay. We have tweaked the style by using a strict barrel selection where only the best Burgundy barriques make the cut."

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2013 | Send Email
The Dalwhinnie Chardonnay has a bouquet that offers Fugi apple,lemon blossom, granitic stony notes, and some stone fruit character. On the palate there is fine concentration with honey and a nutty accent that is enhanced by great acid balance and length.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2013 | Send Email
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From the very cool 2011 vintage this wine has great drive and focus. Delicious crunchy orchard fruit, fresh grains, toast, malt. Good flinty mineral tones. Bright but finely balanced acidity. Exceptional persistence on the palate.
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Alcohol Content (%): 13