Cobaw Ridge Chardonnay 2013

Cobaw Ridge tend to fly under the radar for one of Australia’s more interesting wine producers, either that, or tend to polarise for their variegated flavours, aromas and textures that seem to emerge from their estate-biodynamic farming and ‘au naturel’ winemaking. Whatever the case, when I taste Cobaw Ridge wines I’m taken, in mind, to wine producers like JJ Morel in Burgundy and Pyramid Valley in Canterbury, NZ. Other wine producers who eke out wines of single sites, great interest, individual personality and a kind of quirk of their regions, yet purity too. Striking wine in a small line-up of Australian chardonnay, this week.

Something guttural, bass-slap funky, grilled nuts, wet slate, oyster shell, bruised apples, sea breeze. It’s rich yet decidedly fresh to sniff on. Sits low and wickedly mouthwatering in the palate – saline acidity sloshes under green apple, alpine herb spiciness, juicy citrus and crisp fruit characters, with just a lick of that nuttiness in tow. Compelling in its expression, layered and complex in taste and texture. Wonderful drinking; leads you back to the glass over and over.

Tasted : MAR15
Alcohol : 13.4%
Price : $55
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2015 - 2019
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