Bromley Chenin Blanc 2020

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Bromley Wines is a small producer based in the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, with fruit sourced from select vineyards in the Bellarine Peninsula and Moorabool Valley near Geelong. Winemaker Darren Burke uses indigenous yeasts, natural malolactic fermentation, and extended time on skins as hallmarks of the Bromley style.

Chenin Blanc is undergoing a quiet revolution in the wine glasses of Australia, catching up to the ubiquity of pinot gris, sauvignon blanc and rosé; not quite mainstream but poised to become a much more popular new/ old kid on the block. The Bromley Chenin is gorgeously packaged in an eye-catching clear champagne bottle with cork and is an appealing pale gold in colour. The nose is all about pear drops and lemon, and on the palate the pear drop continues, with a little beeswax and a citrusy twang. The wine is dry but has lovely mid-palate texture, and finishes with refresher-like zing, electric acidity, and a little tannin dryness. This is much more interesting than most sauvignon blanc! And it’s incredibly food friendly: freshly shucked oysters on a bed of ice would be a dream.

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