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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Montalto Hawkins Hill Chardonnay 2012

The Montalto Single Vineyard wines are the sort that would apply to Chardonnay lovers, for their quality, along with wine nerds - like myself - for the detail provided on the reverse label.

The Montalto 'Hawkins Hill' Chardonnay comes off a vineyard sitting at around 120 metres, a single clone - the regionally prominent P58, one of the earliest clones to be promoted around Australia - sitting on red clay loam; a fertile mix of sand, clay and silt. Compared to 'The Eleven', the vineyard has a marginally different aspect, a little more elevation (only 20 metres, but that can mean a difference by up to a week in picking time).

Smells like it comes from a warmer place - alcohol levels are up to match too, with 13.3% stated - stonefruit, a little leesy funkiness and spicy toastiness. 

The palate is a touch fuller/ weightier than 'The Eleven', has a bit more width about it. To mee, seemed a touch nuttier, a raw element - hints of green tropicals here. Good length, more derived from flavour than the acid of 'The Eleven'. For what it's worth, same score 93 

Tasted on: Thursday 2nd January, a Leaf Day 

Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: 12.3%
Closure: Screwcap

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