Murdoch Hills 'Limited Release, The Rocket' Chardonnay

$80.00
6 + $72.00 each
12 + $66.80 each
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Variety

Chardonnay

Vintage

2018

Size

750ml

Region

Adelaide Hills

Region

South Australia

Description

From a vineyard at 570 metres in Piccadilly, unirrigated, the clone is R10V1, for the clonal nerds amongst us, and the second site is from Lobethal, where clone 76 (Bernard Clone) resides. The 2017 wine came about from a distinct classification of struck match/flinty distinguished wines, and therefore called ‘Rocket’ on the bench, and then that became this cuvee. Inner workings, and all that. One thing not being talked about more broadly is just how good Murdoch Hill/winemaker Michael Downer are with chardonnay – in an upper echelon in Australia by my reckoning. Though barrel selection equating to near doubling the price of your next highest quality wine is (and the question was asked to Downer), a curious ambition, though, worthy, as the wine stacks up. I’m not the marketing department anyway. No fear there.

Strong struck match and flint scents, almost completely dominating fruit character, though a peep of white pear emerges behind. The palate is skeletal but lightly juicy, impressively taut, lengthy and racy, holds incredible sense of freshness and vitality, skims long into a green pear/lime juice finish. It’s of an ilk, but done very well, and should hold attention long for those seeking mineral-charged, leaner, racier styles. It’s an excellent expression. 96 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front