Chardonnay has experienced a massive renaissance within Australia. Overly oaked drops have been replaced with sophisticated, mineral, cool climate Chardonnays from regions such as Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Tasmania.
We are delighted to have received the trophy for ‘Best Chardonnay Mornington Peninsula’ from Australia’s premiere Chardonnay competition, run by wine legend James Halliday.
This is a single vineyard wine from the Handpicked ‘Capella’ vineyard. Mendoza and P58 Chardonnay vines were hand harvested in early February in warm, dry conditions. The fruit was refrigerated overnight then whole-bunch pressed and the juice was settled in tank before fermentation in barrel with wild yeasts. A portion was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation and the wine was matured in the same French oak barriques, a mix of old and new, for 10 months.
Want to know more about what makes this competition so special? Read an excerpt from the Langton James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge website below:
In the time it has taken James Halliday to compile his 27 Australian Wine Companions, the Chardonnay grape has emigrated to almost every hill and vale across our viticultural landscape. No other variety has adapted more successfully, from single barrel selections to vast commercial blends. No other inspires such singular focus in our winemakers to sharpen their craft. No other sends vignerons searching, with gold fever, for that next hill, or clone, or aspect.
In our show’s short history, it has grown in stature and purpose to become a highly professional and influential show. Our judging panel has quickly established a formidable reputation for identifying the very best in modern chardonnay, across the full gamut of Australian styles.
This is a wine show whose only agenda is to track down, appreciate and reward the best that Australian chardonnay can offer, a philosophy we share in common with our patron, James Halliday.
James Halliday – “Chardonnay is enjoying its spring weather, after a prolonged, dark winter. Winemakers, wine writers, retailers, restaurateurs and consumers are all agreed: it is better than ever before. But winemakers, being winemakers, are not content to rest on their laurels. The challenge is (as ever) to make even better wines next vintage (and each vintage thereafter) than ever before. And this is what the Challenge is all about.”