Chardonnay Mornington Victoria
Chardonnay is a wine that Mornington does exceedingly well, the cooling maritime breezes of Port Philip Bay encourage vines to yield fruit with complex, crisp and intense varietal flavours. Lindsay McCall is gifted at constructing the most auspicious efforts across a range of styles. Estate Chardonnay is vinified entirely from fruit grown to a half hectare of the choicest plantings grown to three estate managed vineyards at Red Hill. An effusive Mornington wine with a presence of savouryness and layers of fruit, to accompany richly cooked shellfish or escalope of veal.
Paringa Estate wines regularly enjoy an unmatched level of success in as many trade shows and national competitions as they are entered, the only limitation being a relatively small size of production. Chardonnay is had picked off a single block of vines on the north side of Callanans Road Vineyard at Red Hill South. Whole bunches are passed through an air bag press to obtain the highest quality free run juices. Parcels are barrel fermented in a high proportion of new Vosges and Allier French oak barriques. Paringa spends almost a year maturing on sedimentery yeasts, whilst being treated to a course of monthly lees battonage for complexity and palate richness.
Medium yellow green in colour. Savoury bouquet of grilled nuts, lemon and mineral. The palate displays citrus and stonefruit, nectarine and peach, along with the creamy nutty characteristics introduced by barrel fermentation. The mouthfeel is long and rich, finishing with subtle malolactic caramel/ butterscotch flavours and good natural acidity.