3 excellent Victorian chardonnays: Mount Mary 2005, Gembrook Hill 2005 and Bindi Quartz 2005

This was an impressive showing from three Victorian cool climate chardonnays, all tasted blind and all from the 2005 vintage.  They will appeal to those who enjoy Burgundian styles and perhaps open some eyes to the reality that these wines would be comfortably comparable to their French counterparts.

Bindi Quartz Chardonnay 2005, Macedon
Aromas of honey and bread and a fully mature impression.  On the palate, this is a compelling wine with long length, fresh acidity, a linear character and a honeyed edge.  A compelling wine in its drinking prime.  (Region: Macedon, Victoria, Rating: Outstanding, Drink: now, Tasted: Mar, 2017)

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Gembrook Hill Chardonnay 2005, Yarra Valley
Lighter in colour than the Bindi Quartz, this wine has Chablis like aromas of green apples, lees and a sour, stoney note.  The palate is also linear and framed by very racy acidity that verges on being a little hard.  Early picked or vintage?  Overall, this is a well made wine that will please.  (Abv: 13%, Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Rating: Good to Very Good, Drink: now, Tasted: Mar, 2017)

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Mount Mary Chardonnay 2005, Yarra Valley
A honeyed aroma.  The palate is linear, with stoney characters, racy acidity and towards long length.  A bit muted, but well made and in a nice place.  (Abv: 13.5%, Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Rating: Very Good, Drink: now, Tasted: Mar, 2017)

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Vintage Rating Review
Good to Very Good
Very Good

March 16, 2017

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