Not so long ago I mentioned that I had an AMAZING Chardonnay and today I want to let you in on the secret.
We’ve literally visited only a handful of cellar doors in the last year. Half to do with you know what and half to do with Baby TC. It’s safe to say ‘just popping into a cellar door’ isn’t as easy as it used to be – for both those reasons above.
We recently worked up the energy to visit a cellar door not too far from us. Just out of Geelong to be exact. We got the opening times wrong (keep those business hours up to date on Google everyone) which was a bit annoying but we persevered and got there in the end and had an amazing tasting!
Introducing Clyde Park Wines…
Clyde Park Vineyard Bistro was established in 1979 and they focus on ‘block wine’. By this I mean, they make wine from certain sections of their vineyards (instead of mixing it all together). Each block has a particular terrior (aka environmental factors) that impact the vines and resulting wine.
Clyde Park are located in an amphitheatre like valley so there’s various elevations, slopes and soil types at play. Plus they use a range of different vine clones too. The views are amazing (I’d love to go back for lunch at some point!) and the cellar door is gorgeous. It truly is an amazing spot to visit.
I love this block approach Clyde Park take and the guy who took us through the Premium Tasting we opted for was so insightful and knowledgeable. In fact his enthusiasm and excitement for the wines was insatiably contagious. He’s the exact type of person you’d want working at your cellar door if you owned a winery.
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are Clyde Park’s specialities. And it was (all) the Chardonnays we couldn’t stop drooling over. If I had a bigger budget, I could have shopped up a storm!
We ended up buying 2 of these Clyde Park 2019 Chardonnay’s. One for consuming ASAP and one for the cellar.
In the glass it’s a lovely wheat like colour. On the nose it’s gorgeously enticing and rather voluptuous with rockmelon, honey and vanilla oak notes wafting up from the glass. In the mouth it’s smooth and juicy with a lovely balance of fresh apples and lemon curd smothered scones. It’s one of those Chardonnay’s which make your eyes roll back in absolute pleasure. You know what I mean. And if you don’t, then get this in your glass stat!
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!