Garagiste Teureong Chardonnay
Current Vintage: 2019
Tuerong is back on board after two a two-year hiatus! The low yields of the 2017 and 18 harvests did not produce enough for single-vineyard wines, and so the fruit ended up in Le Stagiaire.
Another wonderful example of Mornington Chardonnay. I was expecting something richer from the harvest but in fact this is an intensely saline, racy, mouth-watering Chardonnay with terrific spice, green apple and tangy, pithy fruit and some malted grain like complexity. The finish is firm and suggests this will be even better with six months in the cellar.
It is not really summer in Melbourne until you’ve packed up the car and crammed every living friend and relative into the car for a day/weekend trip to the Mornington Peninsula. On the tail end of the Eastern Bay of Melbourne, you can expect to find a dynamic range of beach side living. From the low key, sleepy beach towns to bustling coastal communities - packed with arriviste private schools, cafes, boutiques, competitive polo and some of the most expensive strips of holiday home real estate serving some of the richest people in the nation. You might even catch a glimpse of Lindsay Fox landing his helicopter on his Portsea front beach mansion.
Unlike the pretences of its holiday makers, the region packs a punch now that wine making has returned to favour in the area after a period of decline. You can expect to find high quality, cool climate wines that deliver fresh, smooth mouthfeel and a sense of wanting more. We can’t get enough of summer in the peninsula, and the cracka’ selection of winemakers are a perfect pairing.