Thursday, May 23, 2024

Kooyong 2023 Clonale Chardonnay


Vintage after vintage, winemaker after winemaker, this is consistently one of Australia's best "affordable" chardonnay choices. Tim Perrin is the new winemaker in charge at sibling labels Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate and he's not missed a beat, slipping into the role with immediate impact. This is a blend of fruit from estate vineyards in Tuerong and Balnarring on the cool Mornington Peninsula. Think whole-bunch pressing; natural ferment and maturation in large format oak, lees aging and minimal intervention. It is a wine with lively varietal character, youthful charm and bright acid on the finish. Trying pairing it with American-style pork spare ribs. $38.

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