The Chardonnay was the first released as “Macclesfield” with a topographic label, and now re-badged to be an extension of the wonderfully labelled new range with “ethereal photographs of sculptures from (our) vineyard – hewn from Macclesfield pink marble. ”
Longview, Macclesfield, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, 2019
Almost an alternative style of Chardonnay. The briny, savoury qualities evoke such aromas as oyster shell after baking from Kilpatrick and a mélange of Samboy™ BBQ and Chicken chips/crisps. There’s ginger and blonde oak nearing balsa wood with stony, earthen tones with sweetness from light yellow melon, white peach and barley sugar. The palate is full without being imposing; voluminous while ensuring tightness and tension that draws long to a puckering, salinity-edged dry tail. Potentially polarising to those wanting a big style of Chardonnay but unprepared for ratcheted tightness. Has time on its side.
Rating: 18/20 (92/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Longview Vineyard