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Massoni Chardonnay

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Lots of flavour with this puppy, as it's just full of golden, toasty, juicy rich fruit and oak characters with buttery edges. If anything it's a slightly old school Chardonnay this one, with loads of plump Chardy goodness, yet without getting too fat and overly full. Good stuff.

Winemaker's Notes

Hand-picked and brought to the winery for immediate processing. Whole-bunch pressed with the juice settled for a short period before fermentation with wild yeast in small oak barrels, 30% of which were new. After fermentation, 15% of the barrels went through malolactic fermentation. The wine was blended in March 2013 and allowed to integrate in tank before bottling in June.

Light to medium straw in colour with intensity and depth. Aromas of lemon curd, grapefruit, honey and cashew nuts. A return to the riper Massoni style after the elegant and restrained 2011 release. A generous and creamy entry with great richness and a smooth, complete mid-palate. A gentle touch of phenolics on the finish adds interest. This wine will benefit from cellaring for 2-4 years from bottling.

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Massoni Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Barrel-fermented in French oak; has retained light, bright colour and a crisp, vibrant palate with very good acidity citrus melon and stone fruit are the major players, and the overall balance and length are strong points.
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Pale quartz-green; estate-grown, hand-picked grapes were pressed, fermented in and thereafter matured for 11 months in, French oak barriques. The strikingly juicy citrus and white peach fruit is the sole driver of the long palate and cleansing finish.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a wonderfully tight and incisive wine that has dismissed its 12 months in French oak as irrelevant to its stone fruit, melon and citrus flavours; has altogether impressive length.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; an estate-grown, elegant wine with white peach fruit on an extremely long and fine palate, French oak held in restraint.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Complex, powerful, rich and ripe; peach, butter and cashew. Mornington Peninsula.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Complex barrel-ferment/bottle-developed/malolactic aromas and flavours; needs more fruit drive.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87

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