GBW Wine of the Month: November 2019
This is the third vintage of Simpsons’ Roman Road Chardonnay, and while the first two had suggestions of brilliance, this 2018 vintage feels like the full realisation of the dream that this young vineyard could, in fact, produce world-class Chardonnay.
The nose shows the first signs of beauty; there’s crisp citrus, white peach and crunchy green apples. It’s immaculate and Chablis-esque with lovely hints of minerality, suggestions of toasted oak, tangerine peel and spice.
To taste, it’s the punchy, tangy orchard fruits upfront that grab your attention and makes your mouth water. But then, softer apricot stone fruit flavours and hints of tropical fruit envelope the crispness.
Throughout, there’s this tingly, bright mineral seasoning that you can’t help but admire, and a delicious spiced nut and white chocolate undertone that makes it excessively moreish.
Vibrant, with a peppery, punchy fusion of tangy red berries, hints of blackberry, spice and grip.
A promising Chardonnay with notes of ripe apple and peach, butterscotch and toasted spice.
A beautiful fusion of youthful citrus fruit and crunchy apples complemented by rounder, peachy notes.
Very clean, while the mineral textures build and linger with excellent length.