2015 Kooyong "Clonale" Chardonnay Mornington Peninsula Victoria

SKU #1264406 95 points James Halliday

 **Special Value Selection** About as delicious as chardonnay gets. Beautiful white peach-and-pear fruit, pure and sunny, angles slowly down to a sustained, toasty, mealy finish. A joy to drink.  (7/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Clonale Chardonnay gives a ginger and warm peach nose with nuances of cinnamon toast, orange blossoms and honeysuckle. Light-bodied and wonderfully delicate on the palate, it has great flavour intensity and oodles of freshness, finishing with very good length.

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The 2015 Clonale offers a highly aromatic nose displaying notes of lime zest and nectarine along with a subtle struck-match savouriness. An energetic palate with vibrant grapefruit and mandarin flavours races towards a long, pithy finish. The 2015 Kooyong Clonale is a blend of Chardonnay from our Tuerong and Balnarring vineyards. The parcels in this wine represent 8.1 hectares. The grapes are gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (10% new), where fermentation takes place without inoculation using wild yeast. After fermentation the wine is aged on lees (without battonage) for 10 months. It is bottled without fining and with minimal filtration. 94 points Wine Front: "Always enjoy Clonale, which is something of a ‘go to’ wine for me. Lime, some yeasty funk, subtle struck match and cedar spice. Light to medium bodied, chalky and tight, ripe citrus flavours and maybe a little nougat gloss, and savoury and milky with it too. Finish is long and satisfying. Love drinking this. I’m immediately taken with it, and don’t have to think too hard about the score. Super!"

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
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Victoria

Alcohol Content (%): 13