2008 McCutcheon Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
20-21 March 2008
Sugar At Harvest
23.5° Brix (13.1° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.7 g/l
pH (finished)
9 months in 33% new French oak barriques
100% wild yeast
Bottling Date
23 February 2009
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.75 g/l)
Alcohol %

2008 McCutcheon Chardonnay

Main Ridge spicy savouriness overlaid with grapefruit, basil and caramel; an elegant power which is, relatively speaking, full and luxurious.

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"Bright colour, the most complex of the chardonnays, due to the greater generosity of the white peach and nectarine fruit plus a touch of creamy cashew; however, doesn't have the same emnery as Wallis. 95."  James Halliday

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The aroma is fine, with a good thrust of pure citrus fruit, followed by characters like oatmeal and spice. It certainly has a different sense of balance from the Wallis, but as with that wine it embodies a sophisticated sense of containment. It's powerful for sure; there's also a delicacy here that is completely beguiling, like detailed white-on-white embroidery that one only sees properly at close range. As with crisp white linen, the aroma is expressed in cool tones - more so than the Wallis - with lean oak and fruit flavours that sit squarely in the citrus, rather than stonefruit, spectrum. Entry is calm and collected, beginning with a sharp cut of cold minerals before introducing aspects of citrus, mealiness and vanilla ice cream. This is definitely a muscular wine on entry, which makes a lovely caress of viscosity from mid palate onwards both unexpected and welcome. This rounded mouthfeel enables sharp fruit flavours to sing out with striking intensity, turning pithy through the after palate and refreshing on the finish, all framed by a notably fine texture. There's a real narrative to this wine's flavour progression, as clean as it is well articulated. There's also a sense of complexity that is only just emerging. Beautiful cool climate Chardonnay for lovers of fine things.
Production Notes
Hand picked 20-21 March 2008. Clones P58, I10V1 and I10V5 from the Long Block on McCutcheon Vineyard. Yield 6.6 tonnes/ha (2.7 t/acre, ~39.6hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Wild yeast fermented in 33% new oak. Partial MLF. Lees aged and stirred for 9 months. Bottled after fining and sterile filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Certain to be perfect with the best crayfish King Island can provide and a special friend; candlelight optional. Serve at 10–13°C.
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Vintage Notes

Adequate rainfall during winter and spring replenished soil moistures and kicked off the growing season really well. Cool to mild conditions during October and November followed by a warmish December were next to ideal. Timely rainfall in December freshened up the vineyards. A burst of heat in January and an extended period of heat in early March accelerated the vintage, though not negatively; in fact, excellent vintage conditions allowed above average yields without impacting quality or Main Ridge characteristics.

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