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History tells us that the Montalto ‘The Eleven’ Chardonnay has a strong pedigree for cellaring. Harvested from eleven rows of P58 Chardonnay planted in 1986 on our north-facing slope at our home vineyard site in Red Hill South, ‘The Eleven’ Chardonnay is by any measure a stand-out wine.
The northerly aspect offers protection from the cool southerlies and plenty of sunshine during ripening. This is a special site where old, dry-grown chardonnay vines deliver wonderful depth of flavour.
The vintage was mild and dry with an extended harvest between ‘up the hill’ and ‘down the hill.’
The vintage will be remembered for being slightly warmer than average – remembering we are a cool climate on the Mornington Peninsula, ‘slightly warmer’ is still ‘cooler’ than large parts of Australia’s viticultural areas.
The vintage will be remembered for consistent and even warming through the season, January and February were hot and dry, and consequently, harvest started early and progressed quickly.
Trophy - 2021 Best Chardonnay - Mornington Peninsula Wine Show ~ 2019 vintage
Trophy - 2018 (Chardonnay Provenance Trophy) Mornington Peninsula Vintners Association Wine Show ~ 2017 vintage
Gold Medal - 2021 Halliday Chardonnay Challenge ~ 2019 vintage
Gold Medal - 2021 MP Wine Show ~ 2019 vintage
Gold Medal - 2019 Victorian Wine Show ~ 2018 vintage
Gold Medal - 2018 Mornignton Peninsula Vintners Association Wine Show ~ 2017 vintage
Gold Medal - 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show ~ 2017 vintage
Gold Medal - 2018 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards ~ 2017 vintage
Gold Medal - 2018 National Wine Show of Australia ~ 2017 vintage
A refined, elegant style and lip-smackingly delicious. It's the acidity, it's the drive, it's the length. It works off a citrus theme with grapefruit, lemon and mandarin, with a dab of smoky, flinty reduction and enough spicy oak and creamy lees to add some extra seasoning. Linear and pure. Excellent wine.
Jane Faulkner, 2022
Always layered. Always insanely good. Made from eleven rows of vines, this doesn't miss a beat.
Flinty, white flowers, dehydrated peach and white nectarine aromas - a fab intro. A good drop of lemon juice swoops through the mouth backed up by a vanilla cream drive and fine spices. Barbecued peach raises its head with time, even the suggestion of caramelised pineapple - yum! A feathering of texture only heightens the pleasure factor. Brilliant as ever.
Steve Leszczynski, 2021
Exclusively from the eleven estate rows planted in '86, matured for 11 months in French oak (40% new). The bouquet immediately proclaims its complexity with a savoury/funky mix, the palate more restrained and long. Gold medal Victorian Wine Show '19
James Halliday, 2020
Considering this is whole-bunch pressed to French oak, 40% new, with lots of solids and undergoes mlf, it's surprisingly restrained and lithe. Citrus-toned with moreish sulphides, there's texture and intensity with talc-like acidity keeping everything reined-in rather well. A stylish chardonnay. 2020 Halliday Wine Companion.
Jane Faulkner, 2019
Smell the glove. Taste the wine.
Cracker night. Green mango and citrus. Almond meal and spice. Finesse, intensity, a gentle gloss over flinty struck match and quartz, juiciness of fruit, but with restraint. Impeccable length. Outstanding. Smell it.
Gary Walsh, 2019
Funky town Chardonnay with a beautiful soul. Damn, this is a fab wine.
An alluring wine from the type of vintage winemaker Simon Black says he may never see again.
Concentrated aromas of dehydrated peach and green mango get my attention early. Barley, almond meal and raw cashews follow up leading to a well balanced and evenly placed texture that lies relaxed across the palate. Gorgeously weighted, fine ginger spice is the parting gift on a long and mouth-filling finish. Big love!
Steve Leszczynski, 2019
Light, bright yellow colour, with a very complex bouquet of malt, toasted nuts, nougat, oatmeal - all components are in fine harmony. The wine is briskly tangy, thanks to elevated acidity. Great vitality; a superb, light-bodied, fine-boned chardonnay. (off red clay loam soil; altitude 106 metres)
Huon Hooke , 2019