Over 20 years, Murrindindi Vineyards has gained a strong reputation for producing one of Australia's most stylish Chardonnays. The wines have been awarded the Penguin White Wine of the Year for the 2005 vintage and called a new Aussie Classic. The 2008 vintage was produced from the original Chardonnay vineyard at the Cuthbertson Family's Murrindindi property. These vines were planted in 1979. The grapes were picked by hand, then gently pressed and fermented with natural wild yeast from the vineyard. A third of the wine was fermented then matured in new French Oak barrels.
The style is reminiscent of the Chablis region in France…the wines have a mineral character which gives a wonderful complexity and natural structure to the wine. The aroma is a mix of nectarine-like fruit and “wet stone” mineral character. The palate is crisp and long with elegance: it is not a Dolly Parton Chardonnay! The 2008 Family Reserve Chardonnay is just hitting its straps now and will continue to evolve with careful cellar maturation for another five years.
The Family Reserve reds are only produced from the original vineyard on the Cuthbertson family's Murrindindi property. The Family Reserve wine is only bottled in outstanding years. A small amount (10%) of the Merlot and Cabernet Franc were used in the final 2005 blend. After fermentation and a gentle press the wine was matured in the cellar in new French Oak for two years. There was very little wine making intervention in the wine … its just good grapes, carefully made. The wine is complex and long-flavoured in the style of the great wines of Bordeaux.
Enjoy the bouquet of dark berries and “cigar-box”. The palate is well structured and says, ‘I will continue to improve’. For best enjoyment, decant the wine carefully a couple of hours before serving.
The “Don't Tell Dad Riesling 2008” is the second Riesling released under the Murrindindi label. In the previous three years the grapes were sold ex-vineyard to large wine companies. The 2008 wine is a dry complex style similar in structure to the wines of Alsace in France. It has a wonderful aroma of lemon and mineral. The palate is full-flavoured yet with an elegant length and complexity. Although the wine is a delight to drink now, it, like the 2005 vintage, will continue to develop with three to four years of bottle maturation.
The “Don't Tell Dad” wines are more fruit driven than their Family Reserve counterparts. The 2004 Cabernet was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and pressed in our old basket press before being carefully matured in French Oak for eighteen months. the wine has a lovely aroma like black currants and spice. the palate is a riot of dark berries, chocolate and spice. Given the wine has been bottled in screw capped bottles it will continue to improve for up to six years.
Hugh graduated from Roseworthy and was formally marketing manager for Mildara Blass while also developing the family wine estates. He is a former Chairman of Victorian Wine Industry Association; a member of the Winemakers Federation; and is founder of the export orientated Cheviot Bridge wine range. He is a wine judge at major shows and has received critical acclaim for the wines he hand crafts at the Murrindindi vineyards.
Athlone Country Cottages are proud to present the Murrindindi wines as great drinking; great value; and fine examples of skilled wine crafting in the cool climate regions of the Yarra valley. The wines are available at cellar door rates from Athlone Country Cottages.