2019 Mount Mary Vineyard, Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Australia

2019 Mount Mary Vineyard, Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Australia

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2019 Mount Mary Vineyard, Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Australia

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Subtle hints of toast come across on the nose of Mount Mary’s 2019 Chardonnay along with notes of ripe lemon and yellow apple. The wine is precise and fine on the palate and is wonderfully refreshing and focused. This is such an elegant, refreshing style of Australian Chardonnay, being lean but not too austere. A lovely, ripe yellow apple and lemon pith character comes through on the long, refined finish with just a touch of bitter lemon and toast. Drink now – 2028.

Catriona Felstead MW, Senior Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Dec 2021)

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Jancis Robinson MW16.5+/20
Water white. Lightly milky nose and massive precision with fruit underscoring the finely etched character. Not skinny! Smells as though there was some lees stirring. Very fine and fresh. Blind, you might easily take it for a white burgundy. From an increasingly organically run estate. Fine and precise.

Drink 2021 - 2026

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com (Sep 2021) Read more
James Suckling96/100
Aromas of fresh cream, lemon and lime, as well as peach, pastry and toasted hazelnut. The palate is so zesty and intense, with driving acidity supporting ripe peach and lemon flavors that are melded together seamlessly. Long and polished. Grilled-hazelnut oak warms the gently pithy finish in stylish mode. Concentrated, long and complex. Their finest chardonnay of the modern era, this is among the Yarra’s first division. Drink over the next decade. Screw cap.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Nov 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Mount Mary Vineyard

Mount Mary Vineyard

Mount Mary has an exalted reputation in the wine world and has accrued a somewhat cult following. Established in the Yarra Valley in 1971, with an annual production of around 3,000 cases, it continues the legacy of its founding father, winemaker Dr John Middleton -who died aged 82 on 27 June 2006- to produce superbly refined, powerful Cabernets and elegant, long-lived Pinot Noirs. The Triolet blend and Chardonnay are two superb offerings from the white stable. It's just a pity so little is made!

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Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley

Victoria’s oldest viticultural area dates back to 1837. Initially it won admiration and trophies for its dry wines before losing out first to the fortifieds from South Australia, and then to the dairy cow. The 1960s saw its revival with Dr Bailey Carrodus founding Yarra Yering in 1969, closely followed by another medic, Dr John Middleton, launching Mount Mary in 1971.

Famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the region has attracted interest from sparkling houses, notably Domaine Chandon as well as from one or two corporates; Melbourne’s continued sprawl represents the biggest threat to this Victorian idyll.

The climate is cool maritime (it’s just 15 miles to the ocean), exposed to wind and rain with spring frosts a potential risk. The region’s warmer northerly aspects are preferred for viticulture. The best soils are underpinned by a low vigour, red-brown clay subsoil, while a significant swathe of the region is characterised by vigorous deep-red loam.

Recommended producers: Toolangi, Mount Mary

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Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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