2008 Wallis Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
17-18 March 2008
Sugar At Harvest
23.7° Brix (13.2° Baumé)
TA (finished)
5.9 g/l
pH (finished)
9 months in 33% new French oak barriques
100% wild yeast
Bottling Date
23 February 2009
Residual Sugar
Dry (1.2 g/l)
Alcohol %

2008 Wallis Chardonnay

Lithe and slender; minerally, precise, linear, detailed and lean. A characteristic spicy savouriness superimposed with peach and pineapple.

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"Similar colour to the standard wine; the bouquet is fresh and focused, but the palate takes the wine to another level with its energy and penetrating shaft of minerally acidity carrying the stone fruit and grapefruit along in its wake, and long, lingering finish. 96 points."  James Halliday

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A really enticing, savoury aroma with crushed rocks, tight oak, oatmeal and the sort of grapefruity, pithy notes that scream cool climate Chardonnay. In some respects, the aroma is quite challenging, as its emphasis lies in savouriness rather than more obvious, fleshy fruit. But there's something quietly warm and inviting, related to a gently funky vibe that, in turn, may be due to some winemaking choices like the use of indigenous yeast. The palate shows fabulous tension between a slightly cuddly expression of Chardonnay flavours on the one hand (within context of style, of course), and a nimble structure that keeps each flavour component on its finely poised toes on the other. There's also a completely seductive, slippery mouthfeel that sweet talks each element into a fuller expression. Entry slides into the mouth with an initial attack of nectarine flesh and grapefruit pulp, followed immediately by fine oak flavours and detailed savouriness, mixing nuts and minerals in equal measure. This may show less thrust than McCutcheon, but it's simply a different, quieter voice. There's a really intriguing interplay of savoury flavour and luxurious texture that holds one's interest right through the middle and after palates. This isn't a wine that screams out in any way; rather, it's the party guest in the corner of the room, finely dressed and full of pithy observations, the sort of person you never realised you wanted to hang out with until you started talking with them. Before you know it, you're hooked on the dialogue - a wine with which to have an extended conversation.
Production Notes
Hand picked 17-18 March 2008. Clone P58 from the Tree Block on Wallis Vineyard. Yield 9.6 tonnes/ha (3.9 t/acre, ~57.6hl/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
Save this for sweet fleshed white fish cooked simply and eaten slowly. Serve at 10–13°C.
211 dozen
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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