A Mornington Chardonnay of great finesse and value, the Montalto Pennon Hill is an elegantly executed, delicious Chardonnay. The fruit is sourced from a handful of sites across Red Hill, Main Ridge and Tuerong. Aged on 30% French oak for nine months.
White stone fruit, honey and nut meet with nougat and a touch of oak on the nose. This carries through to the palate, which finishes dry and long.
Medium to light straw colour, the bouquet nutty, complex, with some malt and almond nuances, and a little smokiness from very low-level sulfides. The wine is delicate, refined and restrained, the palate bright and crisp and subtle but also muti-layered. An excellent Chardonnay... (Gold, Sydney Royal Wine Show 2017.)
93 points, Real Review, October 2017
Clear varietal expression a la Montalto, with its subtle interlay between the fruit and its bandmaster Simon Black. The grapefruit component to the palate isn't overblown, it's an important part of a wine that has as much complexity as drive.
95 points, Wine Companion (September 2017)
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. A cool maritime climate,the region is virtually frost free, but is susceptible to high winds. Rainfall is moderate, throughout winter and the growing season. Most of the vineyards are located between just above sea level and 200 metres. Soils range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy loams and friable well-drained clays. Mornington Peninsula is best known for making elegant cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sublime Pinot Noir.