The wines of Port Phillip Estate are domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terrior. The cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice.
- VIC - Mornington Peninsula
Bright straw-green; an intense and beautifully articulated chardonnay, varietal fruit doing all the heavy lifting, its flavours lying midway between stone fruit and citrus, the finish very long and fresh; the role of oak has been of minor importance. Rating 95 - Drink by 2021, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2014).
Port Phillip Estate Chardonnay has had a subtle name change in an effort to emphasise its ‘single site’ origin. Not just any single siteeither: this mature Red Hill vineyard has been cracking out excellent chardonnay and pinot noir for a couple of decades now. It’s grown on 1.64 hectares of vineyard.
This is a complex release. It’s all lime, stonefruit and ginger – it’s a wine of excellent power – but it’s perhaps more characterised by smoky, sulphidy, matchsticky notes. Once upon a time this style was called “Frenchy”. It’s bright and buoyant but chalky (almost grainy) and tight through the finish. It’s good now, but it’s going places. Rating 93+ - Drink by 2020, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au (JUN/2014).
Winery Tasting Notes
Bright lemony straw colour.
Complex aromas of citrus blossom, preserved lemon and spice with an underlying hint of savouryness.
The energetic and tightly wound palate exhibits grapefruit and lime fruits with a subtle ginger spiciness and leads to a focused saline, chalky finish.