2010 Moorooduc "Robinson Vineyard" Chardonnay Mornington Peninsula Victoria (Previously $55)
A tightly wound and pure-fruited wine, showing pear and nectarine, lots of seductive spices and a lick of toasty oak; the palate is sweet-fruited and generous, silky and layered, with a fine backbone of acidity and a long, savoury and mealy conclusion.
This Victoria Chardonnay was reared in the Moorooduc subregion of the Mornington Peninsula, free and "unencumbered by new oak," according to the winery. The idea here is to aim at a Chablis style of Chardonnay; not merely crisp and fresh, but imbued with texture. The winery's note: "Pale lemon green in colour with bright pure lemon citrus and stone fruit with a touch of nutty minerality and savoury flinty notes from extended lees contact. Round and crisp on the palate, with delicious length and depth of flavour. This is the perfect wine to match to a summer seafood platter, or a rich bowl of chicken soup as the nights cool down. Also great to savour with friends over a perfectly ripe, washed-rind cheese and home-made lavoche."