Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula, A$26.75, diam cork
While I didn’t get a chance to visit, I did hear many good things about the new Port Philip Estate cellardoor when I recently visited the Peninsula. From all reports it’s a magnificent building with tidy little restaurant. Port Philip Estate is owned by the Gjergja family who also own the highly regarded Kooyong Estate. Like the Kooyong wines, this is made by Sandro Mosele who barrel ferments it in French oak, 30% of which is new. Having a sniff you couldn’t mistake this for anything but Chardonnay. There are aromas of lemon sherbet, butter and melon. A sip brings out citrus flavours, perhaps grapefruit, with green melon and hint of walnuts on the finish. Where this wine really shines is its beautiful ‘feel’ in the mouth; it’s rich, textured and creamy. Port Philip Estate Chardonnay 2007; nice wine.
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