Montalto Pennon Hill Chardonnay 2012

The 2011 is vintage shown.

This is a solid sort of chardonnay.  Like many Australian chardonnays at the moment, it is at the “Chablis end” of the chardonnay spectrum, with muted aromatics of apples, white nectarine, a bit of spice, subtle oak and a quite evident almond like character.  On the palate, it has between medium and high acid, with flavours of apple, pear and white nectarine, and medium length.

In summary, in terms of quality I think the wine is somewhere towards the “good” end of the “acceptable to good spectrum” as the fruit profile is clean and there’s a bit of complexity with the almond characters and interest for the price.  Perhaps though it is just a little restrained in its neat and tidy state; like being in a high gear but travelling just a bit slow for the accelerator to work properly.  Acceptable to Good

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $23
Source: sample
Vendors: Check
Tasted: 2013
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