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Mountford Chardonnay 2007

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Created by Michael and Buffy Eaton in 1991, Mountford is a small hillside vineyard with three hectares of Pinot Noir and two hectares of Chardonnay producing about 2,000 cases on gently sloping land outside the door of its stylish homestead. The vineyards are tucked into the limestone-rich Waipara Hills with the first vines planted in 1991. C.P. Lin is perhaps the worlds only blind winemaker. He has made the last four vintages and manages to transform the grapes (grown by viticulturalist Gerald Atkinson) into astonishingly fine wines with real intensity on the palate. The first thing that comes to mind is toasted nuts, blanched almonds maybe, but richer, leaning more towards hazel nut, then honeyed, poached pear. This shows ripeness and weight with enough acidity to lengthen the palate and give the wine definition. Quite rich and broad in the palate, fuller bodied, but not excessively creamy in spite of its richness, with buttered nut flavors, honeyed, poached pear, peach and fig fruit, this has an intense attack on the taste buds with enough tactile freshness to keep this in the ball park.

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Mountford Wines:
Early pioneers of the wine industry in the South West of Western Australia, the Mountford family selected Pemberton with its high winter rainfall for the unique flavour potential possible from this cooler and largely forested region. Trained horticulturist Andrew Mountford was looking for a region as yet undiscovered in Australia and chose the site of the vineyard based upon the combination of... Read more
Early pioneers of the wine industry in the South West of Western Australia, the Mountford family selected Pemberton with its high winter rainfall for the unique flavour potential possible from this cooler and largely forested region. Trained horticulturist Andrew Mountford was looking for a region as yet undiscovered in Australia and chose the site of the vineyard based upon the combination of soil, climate, topography and of course most importantly the right feel. Eighty acres of undulating country gave all the variables needed for this dream and a fifteen acre vineyard was planted. Obvious cool climate conditions, amongst the coolest in Western Australia were suitable for Andrew and Sue Mountford's passion for the classic early ripening varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. In this regions short history these varieties have proven more than any other to be the correct selection. Established in 1987 and now one of the regions oldest vineyards, these vines are producing fruit with true intensity and complexity. This is due to careful organic vineyard practice since inception and continual sound environmental care. These practices have enabled expression from vineyard to bottle ensuring all the wines retain their essence of place. Read less

External Reviews for Mountford Chardonnay

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/24/2010

Matured in French oak for 14-16 months, the 2007 Chardonnay is very deep in color. It has an intriguing nose: complex, well integrated oak, creamy at first but making way for scents of pineapple, lemon curd, pear, fig and walnut. The palate is full-b... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from Canterbury in New Zealand. 2007 Mountford Estate Chardonnay 750ml



Created by Michael and Buffy Eaton in 1991, Mountford is a small hillside vineyard with three hectares of Pinot Noir and two hectares of Chardonnay producing about 2,000 cases on gently sloping land outside the door of its stylish homestead. The vineyards are tucked into the limestone-rich Waipara Hills with the first vines planted in 1991. C.P. Lin is perhaps the worlds only blind winemaker. He has made the last four vintages and manages to transform the grapes (grown by viticulturalist Gerald Atkinson) into astonishingly fine wines with real intensity on the palate. The first thing that comes to mind is toasted nuts, blanched almonds maybe, but richer, leaning more towards hazel nut, then honeyed, poached pear. This shows ripeness and weight with enough acidity to lengthen the palate and give the wine definition. Quite rich and broad in the palate, fuller bodied, but not excessively creamy in spite of its richness, with buttered nut flavors, honeyed, poached pear, peach and fig fruit, this has an intense attack on the taste buds with enough tactile freshness to keep this in the ball park.

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