Then we moved onto a line up of four Chardonnays. First was Bourgogne Blanc 2008 from Paul Pillot in Chassagne, then Mac’s own Woori Yallock 2008, his Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2008 and then Bindi’s Composition Chardonnay 2009 from Macedon, Victoria. They were all remarkably similar in style; extremely firm, taut wines and tasting them blind, we struggled to find significant differences between the three producers.
After that came Mac’s Yarra Valley 2008 pinot which we’ll be shipping in due course; an expressive perfumed nose but in Mac’s hallmark cool, dry style. On the palate we felt it needs a little longer to soften up but it already represents very well the purity and class of the 2008 vintage. We’ll also be tasting the other single-vineyard pinots later in the week and will be posting tasting notes. We finished off back in Europe with a 2004 Barolo Vigna Merenda from Scarzello, which Mac has imported himself. By this time jetlag was kicking in and we’d stopped taking detailed notes, but we thought it was a impressive and very accessible wine in an approachable style.
Sunday morning started with a swim at the beach before we started the next tasting session; Vegemite on toast. The |Clark Foysters are split down the middle on whether or not it’s superior to Marmite.