Mount Mary Chardonnay 1996

This is one of the more attractive Mount Mary chardonnays I have tried.  Think honey on toast, and you will be very, very close.  Some herbs too.  Respect.  It's quite remarkable how some white wines make this "journey to honey".  Langtons described 1996's vintage conditions for Yarra Valley chardonnay as follows:

"Intermittent rains followed a mild spring and very cool summer. It was the coldest December in 140 years. A hot, dry February dried up vineyards and began to stress vines. By April, the weather had cooled down. The Chardonnays were of good to very good quality. Only the best will last the distance."

Well, this one did make the distance, and I saw its last auction price was $41.  So, in short, a bargain if you can find well stored examples.  Rating: Very Good

Abv: 13%
Price: $50
Yarra Valley
May 28, 2011

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