Mt Pilot Estate Eldorado (North East Victoria) Viognier Chardonnay 2016

You know the story. A friend of a friend says he’s got a mate who’d like to talk with you about a deal. Those introductions don’t always work out, but that’s how I came across Lachlan Campbell and Mt Pilot Estate, and I’m glad I did.

Lachlan’s Mt Pilot Estate sits in a bit of a no-man’s land as far as wine regions go. It’s not quite Rutherglen, it’s not quite Central Victoria, it’s Eldorado and without a good GPS you’d probably never find his place. His passion is growing grapes and he’ll freely admit he doesn’t know when to stop. I’ve visited the family vineyard twice now, and one can’t help but be impressed by Lachlan’s infectious enthusiasm for experimenting with varieties and improving the vineyard. As consumers, we tend not to think about the failures that vignerons and winemakers face. We don’t see the vines that die from stress or the grape juice that gets discarded because of a failed fermentation.

Lachlan won me over with his sheer determination to make Mt Pilot Estate work.

The wines (a straight Viognier, Shiraz, Cabernet and this Viognier Chardonnay) are made by Marc Scalzo, respected winemaker at Rutherglen Estates.

I asked one of my regular Singapore customers to review the wines earlier this year, and the feedback was positive, especially mentioning the wines “friendliness” with Asian food.

So, with a rating of 91 (still a silver medal score), I have no hesitation in recommending this unusual blend to you. I think you’ll enjoy it.


David Boxall

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