Mount Mary Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

Mount Mary Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

Mount Mary Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

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Winemaking and Drinking

Mount Mary Vineyards, located in the heart of the Yarra Valley, Australia, is renowned for producing some of the country's most distinguished wines. The Mount Mary Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018 is a prime example of the winery's dedication to quality and tradition. 

Vineyard and Terroir

The Yarra Valley is one of Australia's premier wine regions, known for its cool climate which is ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes. The vineyards are situated on well-drained, granitic soils that contribute to the distinct mineral character of the wine. The 2018 growing season was marked by favorable weather conditions, with a warm summer and an extended ripening period that allowed the grapes to develop a perfect balance of sugar and acidity. The meticulous care taken in the vineyard, from pruning to harvest, ensures that only the highest quality grapes are used in the production of Mount Mary's Chardonnay.

Winemaking Process

The winemaking process for the Mount Mary Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018 is a blend of traditional techniques and modern innovation. The grapes are hand picked and sorted to ensure only the best fruit is used. Fermentation takes place in French oak barrels, 30% of which are new, imparting a subtle oak influence without overpowering the fruit. The wine undergoes partial malolactic fermentation, which adds a creamy texture and complexity to the palate. After fermentation, the wine is aged on its lees for 10 months, enhancing its richness and depth.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, the Mount Mary Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018 presents an enticing bouquet of fresh citrus, white peach, and nectarine, interwoven with subtle hints of flint and hazelnut. The oak influence is beautifully integrated, offering delicate notes of vanilla and toast.

The palate is equally impressive, displaying a harmonious balance of fruit and acidity. The vibrant flavors of lemon zest and stone fruits are complemented by a creamy texture and a long, mineral finish. This Chardonnay is elegant and refined, with a complexity that evolves with each sip, revealing layers of flavor and a remarkable length.

Awards and Accolades

The Mount Mary Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018 has received numerous awards and accolades, both domestically and internationally, underscoring its status as a world-class wine. Notable achievements include:

  • Gold Medal at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards: Recognized for its exceptional quality and craftsmanship.
  • 95 Points from James Halliday's Wine Companion: Celebrated Australian wine critic James Halliday praised its finesse and complexity.
  • Platinum Medal at the 2019 International Wine Challenge: Awarded for its outstanding balance and elegance.
  • 96 Points from The Wine Advocate: Esteemed wine critic Robert Parker's team highlighted its depth and sophistication.

The Mount Mary Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018 is a testament to the skill and dedication of the team at Mount Mary Vineyards. From the careful selection of grapes to the meticulous winemaking process, every step is taken to ensure that this wine embodies the very best of the Yarra Valley. With its rich history, outstanding vineyard sites, and numerous accolades, the Mount Mary Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018 is a shining example of Australian winemaking at its finest.

Wine TypeWhite wine
ProducerMount Mary Vineyard
RegionYarra Valley
Volume750 mL