2021 Southern Light Vineyards Ghost Gum Vineyard Chardonnay
Single site wine from Main Ridge, clone I10V1 Chardonnay planted between 1990-1995. Handpicked and whole bunch pressed to oak to ferment, and aged for 10-12 months in French oak, of which approximately 20% is new.
Brilliant pale straw colour with a watery hue. Pronounced white peach, dried honey and crème brulee aromas mix with hints of butterscotch, bacon fat, cashew and spicy nougat. Amply fleshed the palate is decorated with rich white peach, crème brulee and dried honey flavours which overlay a cashew, citrusy nougat and spice back drop. Fresh acidity underpins a creamy texture. The finish long and energised.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Exceptional chardonnay. Juicy, unfettered, complex and exceptionally long. Glazed quince, almond croissant, roasted chestnut, chamomile and a stream of transparent freshness towing exceptional length, framed by the cinnamon-etching of classy oak. Yet there is absolutely nothing untoward. Australian chardonnay is head and shoulders above anywhere else, rivalling Burgundy's best, but for the utmost upper echelon. Here, an example why. The fruit is already so vivid and accessible, I can't stop tasting or drinking this. The aura of an exceptional site and a deft hand in the cellar. Will reward mid-term cellaring. Drink or hold.