This offering from the Tuerong area of the Mornington Peninsula is big on character and flavour but not at all over the top. It does feel regional.
It offers the same clarity of fruit as the 2012 Merricks Chardonnay but is a bit more obvious. In some ways, outside of fruit, it’s a wine of spice and salt. Honeydew melon, lemon curd and grapefruit with a creamy, cedary oak overlay. It’s not briney but it does have a distinct saline minerality. There’s a touch more breadth on the palate but definition and form are strong. Merricks or Tuerong? I’ll take Merricks but it’s more horses for courses so they can have the same score. 92
Region: Mornington Peninsula
Tasted: September 2013