Salo Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
1 or more bottles$44.99
Gary Walsh94 points
Salo is the side-project of Young Winemaker of the Year nominee Dave Mackintosh and Steve Flamsteed, Head Winemaker of one of the most awarded wineries in the Yarra Valley, Giant Steps.
Over the last 6 years they have made Salo from a single block of Chardonnay grown on the deep red volcanic soils in the upper Yarra. These vines are now 18 years of age and each year, they seem to deliver a little more elegance and concentration into the wine.
Fruit was hand-picked on the 3rd March, chilled in the cold room overnight and then whole bunch pressed to a tank high in the winery. The small tank is then rummaged and run by gravity down to 500 L (1 new one, the rest older) Puncheons with full juice solids. Wild fermentation finished in mid-April and a few of the puncheons then went through a spontaneous malo, which has added a lovely creaminess and length to the mouthfeel. It’s quite a different vintage (and wine) to the 2017. There is a lovely freshness and energy to this wine – really delicious as a new release, but we think with good cellaring this wine will develop some lovely complexity over the next 5 -10 years. 245 cases made.
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"Quite different to the 2017, as I recall. Roast chicken, sushi, very umami, a little smoke, alongside lemon curd, citrus and pear. Fleshy, savoury, some flint and grapefruit acid cut, also caramel and brine, not a fruity wine at all, but one with a distinct personality all the same. It softly persists. It’s pretty much ready to go now, to my way of thinking, and offers a slightly dirty and different expression of Yarra Valley Chardonnay."
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