Gippsland for those unfamiliar with the region is prime dairy country, with generous year round rainfall and a temperate climate. Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip fame pioneered the region’s development with his sometimes brilliant, sometimes underwhelming, but always interesting pinot noir. Bellvale is a small operation established in 1998 inspired by the Burgundian ethos.
Bellvale’s 2008 chardonnay has a great aroma of oak, peaches and ripe fruit. The palate though is less interesting, seemingly lacking in acidity and structure with a flat and fat mouthfeel, and a touch of spirit, though the latter passed. I was hoping for more, particularly in this golden age of compelling Melbourne region chardonnay. 81 points
Tasted: November 2011