Bremerton Battonage Chardonnay 2013
Curious wine this. About as far from the Langhorne Creek Chardonnay stereotype as you could get. Indeed it’s very clever and worked – some Chardonnay mastery even if the whole bag of winemaking tricks were involved.
Green straw. A flourishing, leesy nose that’s full tilt, nutty and quite complex, followed by a milky, leesy palate with full white peach richness and quite briny acidity. Lees, oak and acid lead the show here, with carefully controlled malo and a sharply defined, sour finish. The style shows excellent winemaking, though the wine could be from anywhere – Langhorne going on the Yarra going on the Adelaide Hills.
Plenty of seduction in this style of milky, leesy Chardonnay though. An unexpected thumbs up.
Details: 12.5%, Screwcap, $32
Tasted: April 2015 (sample)
Best drinking: 2015-2019
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? I’d enjoy a few glasses
Buy online: Bremerton website