Onannon Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2019
Gary Walsh94 points
“You would have to go a long way to find three more open-hearted and utterly committed winemakers; the world is their oyster, their ambitions unlimited.” James Halliday.
Aromas of grapefruit and nectarine with pleasing mineral lift of struck match lead onto a well balanced palate. Nectarine and grapefruit intertwine with a lovely acid line and great texture. This wine spends 10 months in 20% new oak, and does not see any malolactic fermentation.
Onannon is three people with one goal. The people are Sam Middleton, Kaspar Hermann and Will Byron, each of whom contributed the last letters of their surname to make Onannon. A friendship forged in winemaking studies was cemented in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with each of them serving stints at Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley in the noughties. Sam and Kaspar are still based in the Yarra, making wine at Mount Mary, while Will works at a winery on the Mornington Peninsula. Their goal at Onannon is to craft wines that speak a little of themselves and a lot of their place. This tight band of brothers has garnered a devoted following with bright, expressive wines made in minuscule quantities. They have a great future ahead of them.
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"It’s fresh and brisk, a little bit fruity and creamy, but fine-boned too. Some flint and funk, almond and preserved lemon, good energy and cut, lemon rind and crunch on a pretty long finish. It’ll be better again in a couple of months, like all of us. 94 points"
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About the brand Onannon
Onannon is Will Byron, Kaspar Hermann and Sam Middleton.
The name is actually the last letters of their surnames to make on-ann-on or rather 'Onannon', and their philosophy is to give equally of themselves to craft the wines that bear their name.
They source parcels of fruit from key regions in Victoria and make wines that speak a little of themselves and a lot about the place they live and source wine from. The grapes are currently sourced from Mornington, Yarra Valley and Gippsland.