I’ve been lucky enough to try this Quartz Macedon Chardonnay out of barrel and I could have sat down with a glass and done my best to drain the barrel. It was so complete at that stage. This is one of Australia’s benchmark Chards.
Michael Dhillon says of 2013 Quartz “The usual pure, pulpy Chardonnay skin characters are present along with creamy, mealy, savoury, aromas giving depth to the brighter grapefruit and lemon notes. The palate is rich and builds to a fullness and flowing textural end. There is a fine level of complexity already and further potential for improvement over at least six years.“
One of Australia’s truly iconic producers. Those who love wine know and seek out Bindi’s pristine and pure Chardonnays and elegant and finely structured Pinots Noir. All wines are Estate grown at the beautiful Macedon vineyard. These wines fall into the ‘purchase on sight’ category.
A wholly underrate region in Australia. With a handful of extremely passionate but miserably small producers it is not surprising that those who know don’t really share the knowledge. Outstanding Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wine is made here with a few braving some other varietals too.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.