2008 ‘Alexander Munro’ Chardonnay

I’ve had this open for three days now and it keeps improving. The fruit comes off the Casuarina vineyard in Pokolbin, the vine age being about 40 years. It’s still young and fruity with a mix of white peach, preserved lemon and spice. Only medium bodied and sporting an excellent flavour to weight ratio, sensible spicy oak and a clean fresh mouthfeel. There’s no malolactic, so no creaminess and only moderate lees influence which provides a bit of savoury stuffing (blessed are the makers who don’t turn their Chardonnay into cheese). Clean long finish too. It’s fine and balanced – a wine of admirable restraint and complexity even at such an early age. Give it another 6 months to settle though. ABV: 13% Drink: 2009-2013. 92-93 points.Gary Walsh – The Wine Front – 20th August 2008


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