2012 Kooyong Clonale Chardonnay

kooyong clonale chardSuch a reliable performer over the years but the last three vintages of Kooyong’s Clonale Chardonnay really have offered amazing value for money. Actually, they’re just really good wines – regardless of what you pay for them. I think the 2011 is a better wine than the 2010 and the 2012 but I’m partial to leaner Chardonnays with the emphasis on detail and extension. The 2010 and 2012 offer greater generosity and width on the palate. Many will enjoy them more. Anyway, to this release…

The bouquet is of white peach and toasted sourdough, accompanied by the expected lime and grapefruit which forms the focal point of the wine. A touch of struck match and almond meal make their presence known as well. Spiced nougat oak is subtle and in the background. Despite my mention of generosity, this is still an impressively focused wine with a long quartz and flint coda. Purchase with confidence. 93 Very Good – Excellent

Region: Mornington Peninsula
Alcohol: 13.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $30
Tasted: January 2013


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