Main Ridge Chardonnay 2017
The Chardonnay from Main Ridge is released later than the Pinot Noirs. The main reason being that the Chardonnay is lightly fined which James says “takes it back to square one”. Fruit picked in April – a full month later than in 2016. The Chardonnay is made using only natural yeasts and lees stirred in new and old French barriques for 11 months, going through complete malolactic. Super fresh nose showing pink grapefruit, white stone fruit, and some cashew, meal and spice. Very tight and elegant right now but the super fine line, lovely mouthfeel and inner brightness show great promise. Absolutely delicious – can’t wait to grab a bottle in February. – FWC.
Change of owner/winemaker but no change of style. Quality here is as you would expect. In short, it’s excellent. Straw in colour, lively with flavour, slashed with oak but in an appropriate way. Peach, nougat, spice and ripe summery citrus notes swing powerfully through, the finish then fresh and full of running. Indeed the finish – the more I look at it – is quite exceptional. 95 points. – Cambell Mattinson, Wine Front.