Wine Code Breaker #414

2022 Mayer Chardonnay Yarra Valley, Victoria

The first recorded tasting note for a wine is credited to Samuel Pepys in 1663. His description of the wine was, “hath a good and most particular taste that ever I met with.” This description leaves a lot to the imagination. “Good” can mean many things. I do though like “most particular taste,” as this alludes to something specific and exotic to his senses. A wine I recently tasted, I believe, fits the bill.

The 2022 Mayer Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley in Victoria was a wine that hath a good and most particular taste that ever I met with in recent times. It was a light, golden-coloured wine with aromas of white peach, florals, ginger spice, a little oatmeal, and grapefruit rind. The palate was elegant, graceful, and beautifully balanced. Oatmeal, lemon, savoury oak, honey wax, and peach wove through the tight, yet oily tannins. “Good” was its intensity and “most particular” was its flavours and complexity.


Rating: 96 pts

Closure: Diam

Alc: 12.5%

Drink: Now; 3-10 yrs

Price: $60

Tasted: March 2023

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