**Available for delivery End November 2019**
95 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front - Lancefield in Macedon Ranges is the feature of this chardonnay. This is of course from Ben Rankin’s Wilimee vineyard, on Cambrian soil, planted in 1982. The Old Port Righ sounds like a pub in Central London. On my mind, because I am staying above one right now as I publish this note, and am heading to the west coast of Scotland and may just pass through Port Righ there.
Smells like crushed rocks, flint, green apple and citrus with a faint blossom floral lift. Pretty. Has some juiciness in the palate, a little more relaxed in feel with saline characters, stony-slatey things and a feel of green apple juice splashed lightly over all of that. Serious. Touches of reduction/wet slate happening too.Amazing persistence. Tightly bound wine needs some time to evolve and open.
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wines depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhone style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay as well, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
Despite being the second smallest state in Australia, Victoria is home to over 600 wineries, more than any other wine-producing state. However, Victoria does not produce the most wine, as rather than producing mass quantities of cheaper wine, its wineries tend to be smaller and more boutique in style. The cool climate here produced by the coastal areas means that a wide range of wines can be made, from stunningly complex Chardonnay’s and delicate Pinot Noirs in the Yarra Yarra Valley, to savoury and rich Shiraz from Heathcote and iconic fortified wines from Rutherglen.
Our favourite producers from the Victoria region include By Farr and from the Heathcote area, Wild Duck Creek.
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