Chardonnay Mornington Victoria
Consistently one of Mornington's very best, a meticulously crafted single vineyard Chardonnay, from fruit grown to 3½ coddled hectares at Tuerong. Kooyong is a true domain in viticultural terms, founders Chris and Gail Aytward were inspired to establish vines on a very special piece of terroir, chosen for its potential to produce quality fruit. The vineyard itself was husbanded from the ground up, with a view to growing Mornington's finest Chardonnay. A fully engaging, richly barrel fermented, mineral and quartz style of new world Chardonnay.
Port Phillip Estate is situated at Red Hill, very near the heart of beautiful Mornington Peninsula. A mix of several Chardonnay clones, selectively picked off exclusively estate grown vines, trained to trellis vertical shoot position on the Farrago and Faultline blocks. Faultline makes wines that are richer and fuller than Farrago, articulating greater textural characters and supported by the inherent minerality. Farrago Chardonnay is defined by its very linear character and strong minerality, the premier wine with the greatest potential. Fruit is whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in a selection of new and seasoned French oak, without any added yeast, followed by a year's maturation Sur lie. Alcohol 13.5%
Vibrant pale straw with hints of gold. The nose shows lemon peel, grapefruit and wet stones. Palate has richness but is kept tight and focused by bright acidity running the entire length. Youthful and intensely flavoured, with bright citrus notes as well as sherbet, jelly crystals, mandarin and some oatmeal with hazelnut. Shows power, concentration and youth at the moment as it continues gain complexity.