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Greg Melick embarked on the prodigal road to gambling and booze as a mere teenager, after winning the daily double at Werribee and spending the lot on good red wine. He ultimately returned to the straight and narrow, achieving the rank of ADF Major General, Senior Law Counsel, Master Wine Judge and Officer of Australia AO. Melick now grows his own, he remains besotted with les grands vignobles de Bourgogne, the illustrious Pinot Noir of Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. There are few places in the world, more akin to the 1er Grand Cru style of Pinot Noir, than the temperate pastures along Tasmania's River Derwent. It was here in 2002, amongst the woodland idylls of the apple isle, that Melick established Pressing Matters, a meagre four hectares of superior European clones Pinot Noir. Mr Melick has come full circle, this time exchanging his wager in good wine, to win the highly coveted Royal Melbourne James Halliday Trophy for the finest Pinot Noir in Australia... Pressing matters in pinot noir»

Ingoldby Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay McLaren Vale South Australia
McLaren Vale is famous for its Mediterranean clime, ideal growing conditions which yield a distinct genre of Chardonnay, gentle and fruit forward with exemplary balance. Ingoldby can boast the Midas touch with Chardonnay, fashioned to the traditional McLaren Vale style, always displaying lovely elegance and finesse, a rejuvenating wine of focus and length. The citrus, nectarine and soft creamy buttery finish makes Ingoldby the perfect Chardonnay to accompany fresh white fleshed fishes, which we should all be eating twice weekly.
The Ingoldby name has been associated with McLaren Vale agriculture for over a century, however it was not until the late 1960s that Jim Ingoldby put the family name on a label. Since that time, Ingoldby have released a profound succession of award winning wines. Harvests of Chardonnay are pressed off skins, half the juices are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels, treated to lees battonage and malolactic for added complexity. Some batches are matured six months in oak barrel, the balance is vinified and held in fermenters to retain freshness. Components are assessed to determine the optimal balance of bright lifted fruit flavours and leesy oak complexity before assembling into the final wine.
Pale straw in colour. Lovely intense stone fruit characters of nectarine and peach, beautifully integrated with nut and nougat aromas, fresh honey butter legs around the rim of the glass, all supported by well balanced oak. A creamy palate offering lovely fresh characters, zestyness and excellent length. With just the faintest touch of oak, the focus is on clean citrus fruit, with nice texture and length of flavour on the back of the palate.
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