I really like the Eldridge Chardonnays from the Mornington Peninsula. Dare I say it that the Chardonnays from this region may surpass the Pinots.
The 2005 Eldridge Chardonnay was a stunner, so if you can be patient, I’m sure you will be rewarded by this one too.
I was introduced to Michael Hall mainly on the basis of his wines from the cooler region of Adelaide Hills rather than the warm Barossa, but Michael lives in the Barossa (at Tanunda) and is a dab hand at turning out wines from there that excite by their difference.
When I first saw the name of this wine, Stone Well, I thought someone needs to tell Michael that it’s Stonewell as that seems to be what everyone else names their wines from this Barossa area. Well, it turns out that it takes an Englishman to show us the correct name, as a check with Australia Post reveals that the name of the town near Seppeltsfield is indeed Stone Well. Perhaps an indication of Michael’s attention to detail that flows through into his winemaking.
Michael’s a regular visitor to Singapore and enjoys nothing more than a cold beer at East Coast Lagoon Food Centre. Next time he’s passing through, I’ll give you a shout and you can join us.
I’m not in the habit of having a glass of Chardonnay with my breakfast, but that’s what I did this morning.
I wanted to make sure that the wine is “up to scratch” before sending out this email. Two reasons for checking:
First, this wine is from the 2011 vintage, and local lore will tell you that you should run away from any Yarra Valley Chardonnay from 2011. It was a very wet vintage and the Chardonnays were often green, lean and not at all pleasant to drink. More like water with a bit of acid thrown in.
Second, both the raters that I’ve quoted in the promo say the wine should be drunk by 2017, so I wanted to check the condition as well.
I’m happy to say that the condition is fine, and also that the wine has benefitted from time in the bottle. I brought it up to Singapore in March 2014 and for some reason that escapes me, I’ve never done a promotion on it before, nor have I sold any to customers, everything to date going into my own cellar. Its quiet rest in cold storage has been worthwhile.
Mike Bennie comes closing to nailing what it’s like today (even though he wrote it in 2013) although it’s mellowed a bit with time. Definitely not austere, but still lean all the same. If you like your Chardonnays with lots of malo, oak and buttery texture, then this is not a wine for you. This is going to cut through fatty foods that an old-fashioned Chardonnay couldn’t do.
There are times when you’re not looking for a heavy red over dinner, but not looking for a white either. Or maybe you’re just sitting around on the balcony or next to the pool contemplating life.
This may be a wine for those occasions. As Huon Hooke says “a nice quaff”. Nothing too serious.
10 bottles only.