Si Vintners ‘Lello’ Chardonnay 2012


Orange Chardonnay from Margs. Not even joking. It’s orange and it’s from Margs.

It’s the colour of a barley sugar from extended skin contact. Will shock you if you don’t know what you’re getting, so don’t order it blindly. Or do. Just be warned; it’s not a buttery ol’ skool fatboy nor a ‘Chablis-esque’ wateracidbomb.

It’s not ‘varietal’ but it got me thinking; is our definition of the word based only upon white varietal wine that’s mostly made without skin contact and from red varietal wine made with skin contact? If more Chardonnay was made with this degree of skin contact, would I consider this wine varietally representative? I don’t know.

Anyways, it’s beaming with a gorgeous tangerine and orange (Fanta!) scent that’s tailed by limestone and the faintest of peach aromas. Lush, but with tartness. Ruby grapefruit and some acetic acid is there in the mouth.Texture without tannin. Looooong. If you’re a believer in length being an indicator of a quality wine, and this doesn’t make your grade, then, well, you’re a lost cause. It’s a prime candidate for the argument that natural, skin contact whites can be as valid as, well, Margaret River Chardonnay.

Excellent / 92 points

Price: $50

Source: Taste

Closure: Screwcap

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One thought on “Si Vintners ‘Lello’ Chardonnay 2012

  1. Can’t wait to try. Mines still sitting in the fridge

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