Saturday, September 10, 2011

2009 Sorrenberg Chardonnay (Beechworth)

I love Beechworth Chardonnay and on a value for money basis, Sorrenberg’s is arguably the best of them. As with most Beechworth Chardonnay it undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation, which generally gives the wine a generosity and creaminess that very much agrees with me.

It starts with an expressive, rich nose of peach and spicy oak. Then to drink it is bang on. It has a wonderful balance between fruit and savoury flavours, and then creaminess and minerality in terms of texture. The thing that really marks this wine out though is this beautiful streak of lime juice that runs its long length. It’s a point of difference and gives the wine that bit of an X factor. Give it a good decant and its drinking beautifully now, but ideally leave it in the cellar for another few years yet. Vying with the 05 Tarrawarra Reserve Chardonnay as my Chardonnay of the year thus far. Wonderful wine.


RRP: $49
ABV: 14%


1 comment:

Josh Tuckfield said...

i tried this back a few months ago and loved it.
here was my notes

Build them and they shall come! This is built big but has well integrated oak treatment and freshness. It's like sitting in front of a summer platter of pineapple, nectarines and baked figs topped with cream. At the moment it is cold in the Adelaide Hills so this is the sort of wine I feel like. Even though it's big, the wine is not thick or blowsy on my palate, it's more lively like a fairy out of the Peter Pan movie.

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