Could this Merricks Estate Thompson’s Chardonnay be the perfect Chardonnay? It is pretty close. There is a coolness to the wine, and elegance and finesse. There is rich, ripe Chardonnay fruit on the nose—hints of oak, cashew, and spice. Putting Merricks Estate Thompson’s Chardonnay into your mouth is a moment of bliss. Silky, round, supple, the flavours permeate your palate, and happily, they linger for a long time.
As with all of his wines, George gives a masterclass on what appealing wine can and should be. Merricks Estate Thompson’s Chardonnay gets full marks from me for sheer enjoyment. And that is the only reason I drink wine.
Merricks Estate Thompson’s Lane Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2019 Wine Notes
“Hand-picked and sorted, matured in new and used French oak, partial mlf. Appealing chardonnay, both in terms of varietal expression (white peach and melon) and price.” HALLIDAY’S WINE COMPANION
Merricks Estates original vineyard, established in 1982, allows for the production of beautiful wines made from Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Bottle ageing before release is the cornerstone of Merricks Estate. Because of this, you get to drink them at their peak. Not only are the wines stunning, but they are a fantastic price for the quality you get.
Mornington is one of the star regions in Melbourne’s dress circle. Varied success depending on terroir and winemaker, but the best are outstanding. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can excel with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sparkling all capable of impressive wines 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.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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