2022 Mount Macleod Chardonnay9333016003385
WINEMAKER: Mark Matthews
REGION: Gippsland, VIC
With a touch more grip than last year, this is another terrific value from one of Victoria’s most green-fingered growers. Expect punchy and vibrant citrus flavours, mouth-watering freshness and an impressively long close.
Sometimes you have to call it like you see it: Mount MacLeod should be one of Australia’s go-to value producers. After all, this a dedicated and eco-minded grower in the truest sense and one arguably crafting the best-value organically managed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Victoria. Macleod’s sloping, south-facing Chardonnay block sits on the classic well-drained, red ferrosol of South Gippsland. This parcel was first to gain organic certification in 2008, the vines are dry-grown and yields—which might easily blow out in the fertile Leongatha soils—are strictly controlled, averaging a bizarrely low (given his pricing) 1.5 tonnes per acre.