2018 Montvalley Reserve Chardonnay
Montvalley may not be your household Hunter Valley name. But the small range of wines from this little producer are certainly classic regional styles.
Take this Chardonnay for example. Very much in the mod Hunter style, it packs in some of the fruit generosity we're used to seeing in Hunter wines, just with an extra level of peach juice freshness.
Fun, freshness and flavour, all in one package!
Reserve probably means new oak as there's a wave of it, though not overbearing in this otherwise tightly wound wine. Plenty of lemon and grapefruit, zest and pith flavours working their way across the linear palate with a savoury twist to the finish.
How's it taste?
An elegant and subtle nose gives way to quite an expressive palate. Ripe stonefruits, fleshy and textural, with enough oak in the background.
How was it made?
French oak flows through Montvalley’s Chardonnay giving it a silky palate with an abundance of primary fruit characters such as lime, melon, peach, pineapple and nectarine layered with a bouquet of butterscotch and caramel. A hint of spice with cinnamon and cloves combined with a refreshing citrus acid gives the wine a long and flavoursome finish.
If its youthful charms can be resisted, it promises a significant cellaring life of 10 years.
Best paired with poultry dishes, pork, seafood or recipes that have a heavy cream or butter base.
Who made it?
John and Deirdre Colvin bought 150 acres of vacant land at Mitchells Road, Mount View in the Hunter Valley in January 1998. Having looked at dozens of properties over the previous decade, none had appealed until they saw Montvalley. The name Montvalley is a derived name, and reflects the fact that the vineyard is nestled in a beautiful valley in the midst of the Brokenback Ranges. The name Colvin means valley (col) of the vines (vin). So the name Montvalley reflects the area and the origins of John’s family. Montvalley is set in a spectacularly beautiful mountain valley that is hidden away in one of the most southerly parts of Mount View. The landscape is rural and was previously used for grazing, and it took a number of years to clear and restore. but the journey and hard work has paid off, with the winery winning its first award in 2003, and many more in the years following. In 2013, winemaker Daniel Binet joined the Montvalley team to head up their production.
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