2010 Estate Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Mornington Peninsula
Harvest Date
22-25 March 2010
Sugar At Harvest
22.4-23.2° (12.4-12.9° Baumé)
TA (finished)
6.0 g/l
pH (finished)
10 months in 32% new French oak barriques
100% wild yeast
Bottling Date
17 March 2011
Residual Sugar
Dry (0.44 g/l)
Best drinking
Partial (75%)
Alcohol %

2010 Estate Chardonnay

Our Main Ridge expression of Chardonnay, hand picked from the McCutcheon and Wallis Vineyards in late March 2010.

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"The bouquet and palate sing precisely the same song, with nectarine, white peach, cashew and some citrus pith weaving a complex web; the finish is clean and fresh. Drink by: 2016. 94 points." James Halliday

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Back vintages of this wine - 2009, 2005, 2003 [Reserve], 2002 [Reserve]


Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Immediately complex, the nose is quite full in its aroma profile. The most immediately prominent notes are winemaking-related: nougat oak, butterscotch, oatmeal. This profile moves steadily, almost imperceptibly, into a fruit spectrum, starting with peach and ending up back at caramel via melon but there is an overall tautness and shape that never lets the aroma lose focus. So we get the best of both worlds: rich complexity and lithe shape. The palate is intense and immediate, more fruit forward than the nose suggests. There's abundant flavour here, wrapped in a taut, mineral framework that sparkles and flows. Minerality is a controversial word in wine appreciation, but this clearly has that most sought after of Chardonnay components, a lovely firm mineral thrust that provides a savoury, adult foundation for rich, complex flavours. Structure is firm enough, with tasty acid and a clear textural dimension. The after palate and finish gently taper away, with caramel echoes to the last. Best drinking now-2015.
Production Notes
Hand picked on the 22 and 25 March 2010. Clone P58 from the Wallis (76%) and McCutcheon (24%) Vineyards. Yield 4.1 tonnes/ha (1.7 t/acre, ~24.6 hl/ha).
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were hand-harvested throughout the final week in March, whole bunch pressed and the unsettled juice was transferred to 32% new French oak barriques. Fermentation by indigenous yeasts preceded a partial malolactic fermentation in spring and regular stirring of lees was carried out over a 10 month barrel maturation. Bottled after light fining and filtration.
Food Pairing Notes
Sweet onion and goats' cheese tart, made with the richest of puff pastries. Serve at 10–13°C (50-55°F).
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Vintage Notes

2010 was a kind vintage beginning with good winter and spring rainfall, warm temperatures through August and September saw good budburst. Although October was marginally cooler than usual, November and December warmed up providing perfect conditions for the “Grand Growth” phase (a rapid growth phase which begins when the plant switches from vegetative to reproductive mode) and also for flowering and fruit set. February and March were warmer than average and the ripening period rolled along without any great concern, resulting in an early vintage with very high quality fruit.

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