The 2018 Mandala 'The Compass' Chardonnay Story

Chardonnay is an iconic Yarra Valley varietal, and Charles and his team have worked passionately to do the reputation justice with his Chardonnay wines. Classic, balanced and truly Yarra Valley, this wine is named after the emblem of a Compass, meaning "four points lead to home". Charles has symbolised the four points in his Mandala to his four children who always centre him and guide him home.

$ 60.00
Buy 6 + at $ 54.00 ea
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Tasting Notes

Aromas of white peach and ripe pear, almond nougat and hints of vanilla and jasmine. Supported by stone fruit and fresh lemon-lime characters in the mouth, the finish is long and textural, displaying an exceptional natural acidity, pink grapefruit and well-integrated spicy French oak.

The Chardonnay fruit was hand-harvested, whole bunch pressed and split into two batches for low temperature fermentation in French oak barriques. The wine was matured for 16 months in 50% new French oak before blending and bottling. 13.2% alc/vol. 

95 Points, Ned Goodwin, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion.
"A selection of the strongest performing plots. Hand harvested, whole-bunch pressed and fermented on full solids. 10 months in French wood, 30% new. Tight. Defined by oak at this nascent stage. Truffle, curd, nougat and cashew. This requires confidence in the fruit to transcend its oaky carriage. With a work out in the glass and the billow of stone fruit that emerges, I have that confidence."

Meal Pairing Suggestions

M: Grilled Barramundi with polenta and garlic spinach
V: Fresh basil pesto pasta shells with pine nuts

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