2011 Pierrepoint Chardonnay

Chris Shanahan
Variety Chardonnay
WINERY Pierrepoint
RRP 36

Andrew and Jennifer Lacey established vineyards at Tarrington, 10 kilometres south-east of Hamilton, Victoria, in 1998. This is part of the Henty region, which also embraces Seppelt's distinguished Drumborg vineyard. Pierrepoint vineyard, at 200 metres above sea level, clearly suits chardonnay and pinots noir, even in the particularly wet, cool 2011 vintage. The fine-boned, smoothly textured chardonnay combines the variety's generosity, cut by a refreshing grapefruit-like zestiness, courtesy of the cool site and season. Similarly, the impressively tight but silky, lighter-bodied 2011 pinot noir ($39.50) presents bell clear varietal flavour that holds your attention glass after glass.