Jamsheed Madame Chard 2010 (Yarra Valley, Vic)
13.5%, Screwcap, $18
Of all the Jamsheed white label (if they are called as such) releases I actually liked this one the least, which is quite surprising as it ticks boxes that I like ticked. Single vineyard Yarra Chard, whole bunch barrel ferments, clever oak etc etc. I think it might just be a little too overt at this point in time perhaps. Regardless the style intentions are very good.
It smells quite malted actually, with that trademark older oak hessian that you occasionally see in white wines that have seen less new wood. Beyond that is some clever textural richness, again giving weight to flesh things out. My only real problem is with the slightly sour and angular shape of the palate which doesn’t quite match everything together.
Regardless, it’s a whole heap of wine for the dollars, even if it’s just a fraction awkward.