Excellent back labels
Scotchmans Hill Cornelius Chardonnay 2008 (Bellarine Peninsula, Vic)
14%, Screwcap, $55
These Scotchmans Hill labels have excellent technical information on them. I like it. For a wine geek it makes intriguing reading. I wonder if anyone else cares though?
Anyway, there is only 130 cases of this made and it sits right at the top of the Scotchmans tree. It’s had the Rolls Royce treatment in the winery too with 15 months in sexy oak along with a wild ferment and lots of lees stirring. You can smell and taste that sexy winemaking too with lovely double cream oak on the nose and some wild ferment textural funk on the palate. The only problem really is the alcohol, with the palate having something of a flatness and a hardness that you can notice from first taste. It’s a shame actually for the rest of the wine smells good, looks good and is generally good. I just can’t quite get past the alcohol. Would love to see followup vintages of this wine though as I think they’d be impressive. 16.3/87