About Mayford Chardonnay 2016
"If you’ve never been to Porepunkah in north-east Victoria, the home of Mayford, then do yourself a favour. Go in springtime. Of course I lived there for over 10 years, though I do no more. But it’s one of the world’s easiest places to love.
The growing season for the 2016 vintage was marked by a devastating hail storm, which made life difficult to say the least. Mayford was one of the wineries to cop the brunt of it. Rescue grapes were brought in as a result but this chardonnay is made from estate-grown fruit. It’s a ripe, peach-driven, juicy expression of the variety with sweet spice and sweet oak characters nibbling gently about the edges. There’s an attractive oatmeal character here too, roasted, adding to the effect of sweet-savouriness. This wine seems to be getting more and more elegant with each release but flavour by no means has been left behind. I wouldn’t say this is a peak release but it works well; the pleasure is certainly there." - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front