Eastern Peake Intrinsic Chardonnay, 2015 Ballarat, VIC
Winemaker Owen Lift sent this with a 2002, and 2003 vintage Chardonnay, which is a lovely thing to do. And for the record, the 2002 (14%), is still in the slot with a caramel richness mingling with rockpool scents, but shot through with lively and firm acidity and a tight finish, and the 2003 (14.5%) has a similar richness and weight, but really pushes it one louder, yet keeps itself trim and tidy. A fine pair, no doubt.
I’ve been drinking a little Ganevat of late, and there’s more than an echo of that about this. Brine and oyster shell, caramel, menthol, ripe lime and spice, but it’s not what you’d call fruity, as such. It’s medium-bodied, creamy and fleshy, yet tingling with tangy acidity and subtle chalk dust texture. The finish is superb – unctuous, yet strangely tight. Here’s a marvelous, complex Chardonnay that drinks a charm, and doesn’t let go from start to finish.
Rated : 96 Points
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