Punt Road Chemin Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013
If there is one thing to be said about these latest Punt Road releases, it is that they’re complex drinks. Clever winemaking for sure.
This Chardonnay is a suitable example. Golden straw yellow in colopur, there’s a delicate balance between oatmeal yeasty sulphide characters, vanilla icecream oak and white nectarine fruit. Intriguingly, it looks much riper than 12.5%, with warm, caramel edges and soft acidity. Maybe a bit too worked?
I drank a glass of this well chilled and enjoyed it, but as it warmed up it looked just a little broad. Still, complexity and persistence of flavour ensured that this satisfied.
Drink soonish and enjoy the weight and length.
Details: 12.5%, Screwcap, $36
Tasted: March 2015 (sample)
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? I’d drink a glass or two no sweat. That would probably be enough.
Buy online: Punt Road website