Altus Rise Ascension Chardonnay 2021


As every keen winelover knows, there are many places in Australia that do Chardonnay, but very few of them which do it as well as Margaret River. This one is still very youthful and there is some oak still evident, but this is quality French oak and it should continue to integrate over the next year or two. Deep yellow in colour, though still with a hint of green through it, the aromas virtually leap out of the glass, both enticing and exciting. Stonefruit, a hint of nuts, peaches and a little citrus. There is good intensity here, pleasing citric acidity, good balance and impressive length. Four to six years of terrific drinking ahead, expect this to get better.

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