Steels Creek Estate Chardonnay 2004

Steels Creek Estate is a small Yarra Valley producer, which happily survived the 2009 bushfires which hit the region so hard. Their 2004 chardonnay is further evidence of my theory that this varietal produces the most regularly high quality wines from the Yarra Valley region. Cabernet can be outstanding but inconsistent, pinot noir can have its moments and shiraz and sauvignon blanc their share of difficult conversations. But chardonnay is where the region sings. In colour, the 2004 chardonnay from Steels Creek Estate is golden and almost flourescent. It has an attractive medium intensity aroma of oak, chunky ripe melons and ripe peaches. But it is not over-oaked. On the palate, good length and balance is accompanied by a viscous texture and a touch of petillance. Frankly a good wine. 88 points.

Price: low $20s
Website: http://www.steelsckestate.com.au/

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