2011 Chemin Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
The idea is that this label is more french inspired, Chemin is french for “path”. A path they are taking to make the wines even more French inspired than being made from french grapes, in a traditional style as the wines already are. I take it to mean they are going to be more challenging and savoury. Higher acid, less fruit, more structure. More wine nerd friendly.
You only need to stick your nose into the wine to see a strong sense of ‘this could well be burgundy’ smell. Sulphidey-cum-struck match type of stuff. The wine is young, the fruit still hiding albeit showing cream, grilled citrus and a little grape fruit bitterness. It seems a little awkward now, a wall of wood and fruit obscured in the shadows. That ‘out of kilter’ nature won’t last however. I think it’s very good and will get better. If you are a big fat buttery chardy fan, you will not find that here. If you like the tight, fine, artifact before fruit modern style, you’ll want to get some of this.