After searching the globe for an ideal place to plant vines with the aim of making high quality wines, Bellarmine Wines was founded in 2000 on a picturesque property in the pristine cool climate region of Pemberton, South-West Western Australia.
A lightly oaked style with subtle creamy mouthfeel from stirring on yeast lees and partial malo-lactic fermentation. It is complex yet elegant. Exhibiting nectarine and green apple flavours, the palate is long and persistent with the slight spice of the French oak giving a delicious backbone.
This chardonnay is a great example; a gentle hand with oak has allowed the purity of the region’s cool climate chardonnay to shine through, although it needs a little time in the glass to come out of its shell. Bright mid straw, there are aromas of citrus, melon, mixed flowers and nougat with a dusting of spice from barrel ferment and maturation. It moves on to a generous palate that is wound up quite tight by tangy acidity, again oak just making a subtle impact. There is also an attractive savoury lees edge right on the finish that adds another layer to this finely crafted style. This wine is all about delicacy and detail so it will be best enjoyed with subtle seafood dishes. Price: $27; Drink: 2021-2026; Rating: 92 Points; Wine Pilot
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