Monday, July 6, 2009

Epis 2007 Macedon Ranges Chardonnay

Another ripper from the Macedon Ranges.

This wine to me is all old school. It is only a couple of years old, but it already has got a heap colour development, with an already golden hue about it.

The 07 vintage up in Macedon was quite warm, with some vineyards copping a bit of smoke taint for their troubles; not sure if Epis was affected. The nose on this wine is bright grapefruit up front, with a smack of stonefruit quick to follow – nectarines and locuts stood out for me. The initial mouth feel was very warm, with cream and mascarpone being the obvious. I don’t know if there was any MLF, tipping there was and tipping quite a bit too, but this wine seems to be developing quite fast.

The saving grace however is the little bit of liquorice powder at the end; what a lovely way to finish.

Awkward balance, good length, wonderful complexity, but just too heavy for a young Chardonnay.

Drink with coq au vin
Drink till 2012

By the way, you will notice there is no photo of the wine. My daughter somehow managed to delete quite a few photos from the camera while she was 'taking photos' of her little brother; true story!!

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