2008 Peter Michael "Cuvée Indigène" Knights Valley Chardonnay (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
When tasted last year, the 2008 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene came across as somewhat monolithic, but it blossomed beautifully in the barrel and now from the bottle, it appears to be a striking example of Chardonnay from Peter Michael. Buttery, honeyed tropical fruit, spring flower, white peach and citrus aromas jump from the glass of this aromatic 2008. On the palate, it is deep, rich, concentrated and almost as big, full-bodied and layered as Peter Michaelís flagship, limited production Chardonnay called Point Rouge. The stunning Cuvee Indigene has come on like gangbusters over the last year.
Rich, exotic aromas of tropical fruit, fig, melon, spice and honeysuckle lead to a full body in this expansive wine. This gains mineral and subtle hazelnut notes on a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2017. 450 cases made.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow-gold. Precise, high-pitched aromas of citrus peel, quinine, white flowers and tarragon. Juicy, fine-grained and youthfully imploded, with silky pear and orange flavors and some youthful acidity accentuating the intensely mineral quality of this pungent wine. Not at all a fleshy style but seriously concentrated. Finishes tight and extremely persistent, with continuing floral and mineral qualities.
Sir Peter Michael founded his winery in 1982 in Knight's Valley. After hiring Helen Turley as winemaker in 1987, the label rose to the upper echelons of cult recognition and the rest is history. Sourced from Peter Michael's estate vineyard, Cuvee Indigene is blended by the winemaker with the intent of expressing the simultaneous power and finesse that Chardonnay can possess. It is selected from the best barrels of Old Wente clone.