Thursday, March 27, 2014

2012 Sorrenberg Chardonnay (Beechworth)

This is one of my favourite Chardonnays but given the quality of the 2012 vintage this perhaps didn’t quite meet my lofty expectations for this label.  Ironic in a way that I prefer the Chardonnay that Barry and Jan Morey produced from the much maligned 2011 vintage. That being said the 2012 remains a beautiful wine and will improve over the next 5 years.
It took a couple of days to come together and really open up, but once it did it presented a lovely nose with notes of peach to the fore. It follows on from this with beautiful palate weight and everything nicely proportioned.  High acids and spicy oak integrate with air. Peach and an appealing milkiness are underpinned by a tell-tale minerally, lime streak that I find in all Sorrenberg Chardonnay.  Good persistence of finish. Time should be kind.  Cork as ever the only real negative I can find with these wines.
Rated: 4 Stars +
RRP: $48
Drink: 2015-2020
Closure: Cork



Lincoln Scott said...

Just opened a bottle myself. Very nice indeed. Not sure about the cork comment.... it did the job didn't it?

Red said...

Lincoln, it did in that instance. However, if you were to buy a case of it and drink gradually over a decade or so, it is highly likely you would get at least one bottle and possibly several ruined by the closure. Hence my comment.
In my humble opinion all wines should be sealed under screwcap, and this is even more so with white wines.

Lincoln Scott said...

fair enough. but i don't see screwcap as a better seal. Not consistent, and just as many oxidised and reduced wine....

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