Bellvale Estate Chardonnay 2018

Jeni Port

This Year former American Pan Am pilot John Ellis celebrates 21 years at his Bellvale vineyard in South Gippsland. Noted for his pinot noir and Chardonnay, the Ellis winemaking style appears at first restrained but give it time. The 2018 vintage capped what Ellis describes as an almost perfect growing year. The result is delicious. Nectarine, yellow peach, and underlying grapefruit, with a whiff of nougat open on the nose and follow through on the palate with taut Gippsland-style acidity. Open with John Dory with sauce meuniere.