Bellarmine Wines Pemberton Chardonnay
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- It's something of a hidden wonder is the Bellarmine vineyard, a secret hideaway in the massive trees of Pemberton. They make very tasty nutty Chardonnay down there too as witnessed by this lovely fine and lean sort of Chardonnay that is all about purity and less about oak. 90
Appearance: Pale yellow with green hues.
Nose: Stone fruit, nectarines, citrus with subtle oak.
Palate: Complex palate with citrus, green apple, and nectarine flavours. Subtle spicy oak, tight acidity and a creamy texture with minerality, good length and persistence.
Food: Grilled seafood or chicken.
Style: Lightly oaked dry white wine made in a 'Chablis' style.
Cellaring: Drink now to 2024.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:“
Bellarmine is owned by German citizens and residents Dr Willi and Gudrum Schumaker, established in a climate they saw as climatically and policitally stable. Glowing straw-green; as ever with Bellarmine, a beautifully focused and balanced wine, with great length to its perfectly ripened nectarine and citrus palate, subtle oak totally integrated.
Best Drinking: to 2020Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 201196
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:“
Pale, bright crystal; a delicate but complex chardonnay with nectarine and a touch of French oak on the bouquet, the palate adding grapefruit to the equation; long finish, crisp acidity promising well for the future.Australian Wine Companion 2011 201093
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“
Has the elegance which is the mark of all Bellarmine wines, with beautifully focused nectarine fruit supported by a gossamer web of French oak.Australian Wine Companion 2009 200894
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says:“
A simple fruit-driven style of Chardonnay displaying an enticing mix of nectarine and spicy white peach aromas. The palate has a slippery fine texture with plenty of fruit intensity lifted with a fresh fine acid. Nice current drinking wine.Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 200986
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:“
Light straw-green; a very tight, restrained and disciplined style; light-bodied nectarine fruit is supported by carefully controlled oak.Australian Wine Companion 2008 200792
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says:“
A touch of spicy oak on the bouquet, but intense and lively nectarine and grapefruit then takes over on the very long palate; excellent finish and aftertaste. Fantastic value.Australian Wine Companion 2007 200694
Huon Hooke & Ralph Kyte-Powell (2005 Vintage) says:“
The colour is incredibly pale and there's a hint of reduction on the nose - a touch of sulphide, that's been captured by the screw-cap. The wine is all-round light and delicate, which is great if you prize subtlety in your chardonnay. Oak influence is virtually nil. It's a very clean, pure, but slightly simple wine that would not dominate any food. Because of those attributes, it's a superb food wine. Try it with oven-roasted scampi.Good Australian Wine Guide 2007 200688
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:“Australian Wine Companion 2006 200585