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Fonty's Pool Chardonnay

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Chardonnay is back and there is a good reason for it with wines like this coming out that break the old mould of over-oaked heavy Chardonnay. This is a brilliant little wine - I only wish we had more of it. Pristine and pure grapefruit flavours finishing fresh and dry with some well balanced creamy oak. 92 Points from Ray Jordan, and I reckon he’s being a just a little bit mean. Try it and see.

Winemaker's Notes

Fonty’s Pool cool climate Chardonnay saturates the palate with vibrant, citrus fruit and hints of fresh stone-fruit. It is youthful and tightly coiled, with brisk acidity and discrete mineral elements. There is textural softness, moderate alcohol (13%), with understated oak and an overall charm and elegance.

Serving Suggestion: The brightness of fruit and elegant profile of this wine perfectly pairs with white fish, both delicate, lighter textured fish and more robust flavoured fish. It also has the strength of flavour to match most chicken based dishes.

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Fonty's Pool Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Nose strikes with a flinty gun metal, slightly match-stick character. It's that little bit of toasty oak playing its hand. Tremendously seamless palate structure showing integrated oak into the fine fruit flavours. One of the more sophisticated Fonty's Pool wines yet to be released and an impressive sign of things to come.
Ray Jordan's 2012 WA Wine Guide
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; a chardonnay with the precision of a Swiss watch, a highly fragrant bouquet ranging through citrus and white flesh stone fruit, the palate picking up those flavours, then adding a fine veneer of oak and a mineral backbone to the package.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Classic cool-grown chardonnay with a racy mix of grapefruit, mineral and stone fruit, oak somewhere in the mix, although never obvious.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fragrant grapefruit and white peach aromas, with just a hint of oak, the palate providing an instant replay, the texture spot-on.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Gentle but sophisticated wine; melon, nectarine and a touch of grapefruit; sotto voce oak; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Very attractive barrel ferment/malolactic ferment aromas; elegant melon, nectarine and a touch of grapefruit on the palate; very good mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the bouquet is clean and crisp with direct citrus/stone fruit, the elegant, finely sculpted palate having good length and excellent finish. The best yet.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
Starting to show some more substantial body than some of the earlier wines. The meaty and slightly feral earthiness is evident. It's medium bodied with fruit driving the palate and oak sitting snuggly in the back seat. Attractive easy drinking wine showing nice cherry and vanillin oak characters.
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; a complex bouquet with smoky/toasty barrel-ferment dominant, but not totally obscuring the melon/grapefruit notes. The palate has crisp, citrussy fruit and lively acidity on the finish, helping subdue the oak. Seems to be in a different style from the '99.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is uncompromisingly complex with what are frequently referred to as 'dirty French' characters. The palate is smoother, but nonetheless with some quite aggressive characters; all in all, far from the typical Manjimup style. I have to confess that I cannot relate the characters in the wine to the unconventional making techniques, however.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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