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2015 Port Phillip Estate Chardonnay

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Mornington Peninsula and Chardonnay are like two peas in a pod, they bond harmoniously showing the connection between region and variety. This is seriously sexy Chardonnay that will stop you in your tracks with its cool climate qualities. On the nose you’ll find citrus, grapefruit underpinned by nutty characters, these follow through onto the creamy palate that’s linear but long, clean natural acids draw it to a stunning conclusion.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2015 Port Phillip Estate ‘Red Hill’ Chardonnay shows bright flavours of white nectarine and honeysuckle that interweave with spicy savouriness and a lees-derived nuttiness. On the palate we see more stone fruit, such as red nectarine, along with a slightly more textured palate than usual for this wine. It is all pulled into line with a taut finish of hallmark acidity and chalkiness.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

expert reviews about

2015 Port Phillip Estate Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

The Wine Front (2015 Vintage) says
Struck match and nectarine, nutty flavours and a slightly thick glycerol feel and honeyed taste, neatly cut back with the crunchy unripe pineapple and grapefruity acidity. Perhaps some apple-like flavour too, with the surge of fresh acidity carrying it long. Flavour and texture. It’s a great mouthful of Chardonnay.
2016 - 2023
94
Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
An exercise in elegance and seamless harmony from start to finish, the complex bouquet stands slightly to one side (a hint of intended reduction), the palate as smooth as silk, the patterns of white peach, gentle acidity and subtle oak leaving the mouth fresh and yearning for more.
Drink by 2024
96
Jeremy Oliver (2013 Vintage) says
Smooth and stylish, with a light citrusy and waxy bouquet of melon, lemon blossom and creamy, nutty yeast-derived complexity backed by nuances of cloves and cinnamon, it’s medium-bodied, with a gentle, elegant core of flavour beginning to flesh out in mid palate. Backed by waxy, faintly meaty complexity, its pure line of fruit extends towards a savoury finish of lively acidity and pleasing length.
Ciao Magazine, March 25, 2015
91
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Elegant and chalky, this dusty, citrusy chardonnay has a developing smoky and mineral bouquet of dried flowers, melon and grapefruit-like oak with waxy, floral high notes. It's long and tightly integrated, with melon and citrus fruit backed by dusty, nutty oak and buttery nuances, finishing with a fine texture, persistent fruit and a sprightly acidity.
2014-2017
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A generous expression of this cool vintage with genuine length and balance. It's floral and faintly resiny, nutty and waxy aromas of stonefruit, grapefruit, sweet bubblegum/ vanilla oak reveal suggestions of nutmeg and coriander. Long and brightly lit, its juicy palate of stonefruit, pear, lemon and grapefruit flavour has a nougat-like creaminess, finishing with smoothness and a bright, racy acidity that tightens and focuses the wine.
2013-2016+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
91
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
The cool 2011 season has produced an outstanding Port Phillip Estate Chardonnay of structural energy, focus and texture. Diligent vineyard attention did away with any hint of rot, leaving pristine fruit of expressive white nectarine character, taut grapefruit focus and wonderfully vibrant acidity. Wild fermentation, maturation on lees and a light touch of new French oak have built impressive, lingering textural structure and hints of complexity reminiscent of charcuterie.
2013-2019
Wine Taste Edition 123
94
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Apple and savoury aromas with the vintage thumb print. Oak contributes some caramel to the appley fruit. The fruit is mid weight medium long and silky with freshness and apple melon flavours and a clean acidity. Well handled for the vintage.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
88
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The bouquet is fruit-driven, albeit with some oak, and the fore-palate opens quietly before it accelerates dramatically, its grapefruit and white peach spearing through to the finish and aftertaste, demanding the next glass.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
This wine always displays a thrilling backbone of acidity, and the nervous tension carries through from the citrus blossom, mealy bouquet to the taut, savoury and thoroughly engaging palate; long and minerally to conclude.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Rich and round juicy wine yet with a vibrant exotic citrus and flicks of nutty oatmeal-like lees influence and a good line of fruit and bright acidity. Reliable well made tight wines with complexity.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
89
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
2012-2015+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Prince Phillip is your companion for distinguished dining. A chardonnay of intellect, restraint and texture, with a lees- and solids-derived complexity to its finely poised grapefruit. Subtle vanilla and almond notes thanks to seamlessly integrated French oak.
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright colour; a savoury and complex wine showing charcuterie, lemon blossom, grilled cashew and fennel; the palate is tightly wound, fresh, vibrant, long and complete, offering texture, crunchy acidity and a linear conclusion.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Elegant, long and savoury, this reserved and stylish chardonnay has a dusty, waxy and floral bouquet of grapefruit, melon and restrained oak backed by nuances of grilled nuts and cloves. Its bright, clear flavours of white peach, grapefruit and melon extend with a nougat-like creaminess, finishing with softness and charm.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
92
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Rich and round juicy wine yet with a vibrant exotic citrus and flicks of nutty oatmeal-like lees influence and a good line of fruit and bright acidity. Reliable well made tight wines with complexity.
Rob Geddes MW
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
One of those wines that hangs together with disarming simplicity and harmony; nectarine, fig, cashew and French oak all coalesce on the seamless palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Rich and round juicy wine yet with a vibrant exotic citrus and a good line of fruit and bright acidity. Sandro has been progressively reducing the alcohol while losing nothing in fruit richness.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Soft and unctuous, smooth, round and generous, with a smoky, rather funky bouquet whose melon and grapefruit aromas are backed by nuances of grilled nuts and bacon. Its long, intensely flavoured palate of melon, grapefruit and mango finishes tight and focused, savoury and mineral. Very regional, and likely to flesh out very well.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
91
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Rich and round juicy wine yet with a vibrant exotic citrus and a good line of fruit and bright acidity. Sandro has been progressively reducing the alcohol while losing nothing in fruit richness.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Another cool and restrained wine from the Mornington Peninsula: melon rind and grapefruit citrus fruits, shadows of savoury winemaking adding complexity. Juicy, fresh and intense palate, more citrus here too, subtle layered texture and a savoury, dry, zesty finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
In typical powerful and focused mode, the vineyard speaking as loudly as the maker; flavours of nectarine, white peach and grapefruit are all to be found, French oak acting as a projector of those flavours onto the palate screen.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Super tight; in Chablis mode, with abundant-mineral and tight lemon fruits on the palate; very fresh, very long and racy.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Rich and round juicy wine yet with a vibrant exotic citrus and a good line of fruit and bright acidity. Sandro has been progressively reducing the alcohol while losing nothing in fruit richness.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
subtle, yet complex and powerful, with an interplay between citrus, stone fruit, mlf and barrel ferment influences; very good mouthfeel and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Rich and round juicy wine yet with a vibrant exotic citrus and a good line of fruit and bright acidity. Sandro has been progressively reducing the alcohol while losing nothing in fruit richness.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Pale green-straw; super-fine crisp and elegant stone fruit, melon and citrus mix, oak in a pure support role.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Bright green-yellow; elegant and stylish; medium-bodied, with super-smooth nectarine fruit which has absorbed the oak; long, balanced finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Complex, funky, with some wild yeast/barrel ferment inputs to the bouquet; long, intense palate; stone fruit just carries the oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; a clean, direct melon fruit and subtle oak bouquet; the medium-bodied palate mirrors the bouquet, and while not particularly complex, does have nice flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
87
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Developed straw yellow; the bouquet is smooth and creamy, showing malolactic fermentation influences supported by subtle oak. The palate is rich, full and mouthfilling, with typical creamy/nutty Mornington style offset by a twist of acidity; these components were still coming together mid-1999.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
89
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is moderately intense, with clean citrus and melon fruit and gentle mlf barrel-ferment oak aromas. In surprising contrast to the powerhouse red wines in '97, the palate is elegant, but has length and persistence.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
88
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a wine with abundant character throughout, commencing with stylish fruit supported by strong toasty oak on the bouquet, and a quite striking palate: while having strong toasty/oaky characters, there is lovely melon and cashew fruit and equally good acidity on the finish. While big, doesn't cloy.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
93

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