2017 Bird on a Wire Chardonnay
Brilliant pale straw colour with distinct highlights of green around the edges and a watery hue. Elegant scents of nectarine and citrus meld into dried honey, biscuity nougat and grapefruit notes. Vibrant nectarine and citrus fruits overlay biscuity oak, light dried honey and spicy almond characters. Cream tinged yet fresh finish with a long textured aftertaste.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
It's from the Willowlake vineyard in the Upper Yarra and it's in a beautiful drinking place. It has flesh and flavour, excellent thrust and the length to match. Chalk, honeysuckle and loads of stone fruit. The press release suggests barbecued scallops as an accompaniment; it sounds terrific. Lovely wine. Drink by 2026.
Campbell Mattinson – James Halliday’s The Australian Wine Companion