Scorpo Estate Chardonnay 2019
1 or more bottles$48.00
James Halliday'95 points
Gary Walsh94 points
Pale straw with green tints, this Chardonnay is appealing from the outset. A nose of nectarine pip, citrus curd, spice and earth lead into lees and struck match. To begin with the palate is tight and focused with citrus and fennel spice dominating. This gives way to nougat, stone fruit hints with leesy complexity and the acidity of crunchy green apple. Although drinking wonderfully now this will reward those with the patience to cellar or for that matter to decant!
The fruit is grown on the Merricks North vineyard. The I10v1 clone chardonnay was picked by hand and 100% whole bunch-pressed. No malolactic conversion. It is wild yeast fermented in old oak barrels and 5% new oak. No bâtonnage. Suitable for vegans
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Critic Scores & reviews
James Halliday's Wine Companion95
"The fresh, vibrant palate supports my suspicion that Mornington Peninsula chardonnay would be better without MLF in most instances. Grapefruit provides the javelin of the fruit expression, nothing more."
"Struck match, pink grapefruit, pear skin, a wee bit of caramel butter, fennel and spice. It’s tight, tangy, all the citrus fruits, juicy and tangy, fresh and chalky, some pithy bitterness, and a long firm finish offering plenty of zing and zest. Excellent. A lot of energy and coiled power here."
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About the brand Scorpo Wines
Paul Scorpo has a background as a horticulturist/landscape architect, working on major projects ranging from private gardens to golf courses in Australia, Europe and Asia. His family has a love of food, wine and gardens, all of which led to them buying a derelict apple and cherry orchard on gentle rolling hills between Port Phillip and Westernport bays.