Lemon and lime sherbet, nashi pear, ripe nectarine, chalk and slate notes combine with some roasted hazelnuts aromas. There’s some stuck match, brioche and gentle oak aromas just to round out the package.
Juicy nectarine and peach flavours are supported by tangy acidity, together with a mineral lick and generous texture from the lees work, skin contact and oak handling giving richness and balance. This is a delicious chardonnay with hallmark Montalto qualities exhibiting great varietal definition and regional expression.
The previous vintage of this wine scooped the awards table, with nods from all directions including Gourmet Traveller Victorian Chardonnay of the Year 2017 to an impressive 97 points from James Halliday.
This vintage saw a riper season, resulting in a slight shift towards of stone fruit. The usual citrus focus (lime, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit) is still evident together with the mineral, white florals and sulphide elements typical of the Estate Chardonnay.
The influence of French oak adds to the richness and mouthfeel of the wine. Tangy, natural acidity lends line and length to the palate. The addition of the aged lees brings further complexity by way of crème brûlée and brioche, whilst adding texture and mouthfeel.
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Food match: Creamy chicken and mushroom fettuccini
The 2016 Montalto "The Eleven" Chardonnay is a single vineyard wine made from eleven rows of chardonnay on our north-facing slope at the home vineyard site in Red Hill South. This site has an amazing expression of place and delivers premium quality fruit year in, year out.
Pale straw with green hues, the 2016 Montalto 'The Eleven' Chardonnay offers lemon, lime, tangerine and grapefruit combined with floral and mineral notes by way of slate and flint.
Crème brulee and brioche aromas fuse with hints of white florals. There is subtle oak influence by way of roasted hazelnuts with hints of struck match.
Purity and tension are the hallmark qualities of the 2016 "The Eleven" Chardonnay. The palate has a tight, fresh citrus focus balanced with some white-flesh stone fruits including nectarine. There is remarkable drive here and a long and focused palate. Creamy mouthfeel from both oak handling and lees influence adds richness and texture.
Food match: Roasted spatchcock with rosemary and thyme
The Montalto Single Vineyard Tuerong Block Chardonnay is a new addition to Montalto's Single Vineyard line-up; an interesting and worthy compliment to the iconic “Eleven” Chardonnay from our home vineyard.
This is a complex chardonnay with zesty grapefruit flavours and perfectly executed textural phenolics. It has length and intensity for days.
Drink now or cellar for 10 years.