2015 Kooyong "Clonale" Chardonnay Mornington Peninsula Victoria
**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.
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.
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!"