Chardonnay Mornington Victoria
Massoni were at the forefront of establishing Mornington with a definable genre of Chardonnay. With their crisp natural acidity, elegance and restraint, the wines of Mornington are today renowned for elegant and refined new world styles of Chardonnay. Massoni is more robust than most, with ripe fruit forward and solid structure throughout. The perfect accompaniement to the freshest seafood or crisp skin chicken, the middle palate is viscous and deep while the finish shows the minerality and texture of a good Chablis.
Massoni's vineyards are the pick of Mornington's cool climate sites. This means that grapes mature on the vine for a longer period, enhancing flavour and colour extract. The temperate sea breezes off Port Phillip Bay afford some protection from extreme summer heat, especially in January and February as the grapes achieve ripeness. Crop levels are normally low and fruit is selectively hand picked to ensure only those grapes in the best condition are included. Parcels of Chardonnay are whole bunch pressed into French oak barriques for fermentation. Batches are sulphured as malolactic is discouraged, the wine remains on lees and is treated to monthly stirring until bottling in June.
Light to medium straw hue, youthful green highlights. Aromas of lemon curd, grapefruit and varietal peachy notes. Barrel fermentation characters are also apparent. The palate is complex and long. Mineral, smoky flavours give way to buttery lees contact notes with the powerful primary fruit remaining in the foreground. A long, satisfyingly dry yet fruit and stone filled finish.