“Pale straw with green hues, the 2017 Montalto ‘The Eleven’ Chardonnay offers lemon and lime sherbet, tangerine andgrapefruit combined with floral and mineral notes by way of slate and flint. White florals fuse with crème brulee and brioche aromas. There is subtle oak influence by way of roasted hazelnutswith hints of struck match. Purity and tension are the hallmarkqualities of the 2017 ‘The Eleven’ Chardonnay. The palate has a tight, fresh citrus focus balanced with white-flesh stone fruits and lovelyslate and flint nuances. There is remarkable drive here and a long and focused palate. Creamy mouthfeel from both oak handling and lees influence adds richness and texture.”
Simon Black, Winemaker
“Preserved lemons and lemon curd provide the aroma framework for this wine. There’s an intriguing savoury complexity also. Whiteflorals, quince, oatmeal, pastry and brioche notes all chime in to add extra dimension. There’s an underlying current of evennessand a tension and brightness of natural acidity. The palate ischewy and textured. Purity, complexity and tension are the hallmark qualities of this2017 release.”
Simon Black, Winemaker
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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