The ideal twitter, twitcher wine? Wedgetail Estate Chardy

Back from last week’s holidays in beautiful Teeside and I realise I’m becoming a twitcher.  So much so, that I’m posting this blog so I can show off some bird pics!  We have a Greater Spotted Woodpecker visit our London garden, but we don’t get as close as to this wood(nut)pecker, snapped in the garden of our holiday cottage.

I suppose twitching was only a short step to make given my most recently acquired habits.  This month, I celebrate a year of blogging and tweeting, on which note I hope you like the new, improved website!  After my initial reluctance to engage, social media butterflies Ryan and Gabriella Opaz of Catavino got me started (and have you checked out their swanky new, improved website?) and Tom Dent at Double D Creative has done me proud with his redesign of this site.

So what is the ideal twitter/twitcher wine?  The clue is in the photo, this one taken on a walk up Mount Lindsay, Denmark, Western Australia earlier this year.  It’s a wedgetail eagle of which you’ll find a better picture (!) below, this one from Wedgetail Estate’s website. 

Wedgetail Estate are located in the Yarra Valley and their chardonnay flies!  Here’s my tasting note:

Wedgetail Estate Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 (Yarra Valley)  – the grapes come from a steep southerly slope in the north west of the Yarra.  On the backfoot nose, this is not about the overt and showy fruit of protective winemaking.  This barrel fermented Chardy is a touch nutty on nose and palate, a complexing counterpoint to its pretty perfumed bright melon and stony apricot, white peach.  Good freshness, a leesy, oatmealy texture and limpid, mineral finish make for a subtly characterful, naturally fermented wine, which weighs in at a lissom 13%.  Winemaker/owner Guy Lamothe is bang on the money when he talks of “fusing Burgundian winemaking with Yarra Valley terroir.”


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