Platter’s 2018 over Elgin Vintners

Elgin Vintners Chardonnay 2013 (87 pts)
Hints of toasty oak (25% new barrels) on aromas of 2013, but good varietal citrus takes over, giving deep tangy flavours on silky but grippy palate, leading to good lemon-lime finish.
 
Elgin Vintners Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (85 pts)
Plenty of engaging aromas & flavours on 2016 for crisp, fresh & succulent summer pleasure. Good balance; lingering & satisfying.
 
Elgin Vintners Agama 2011 (84 pts)
Mistakenly noted as discontinued last year – but here’s the 2011 blend of malbec, cab & merlot (no 2010 made). Pleasing berry notes, with herbal twist on soft-textured but firmly built palate. Light-feeling & quite easygoing.
 
Elgin Vintners Viognier 2013 (81 pts)
Advanced, slightly honeyed aromas on 2013, the fruit having faded somewhat, though the spiciness of oak (50% new) remains. Nice roundness, smooth texture – but drink soon.
 
Elgin Vintners
A remarkable number of people work together in this unique enterprise in the lovely – and beneficially cool – Elgin Valley: six grape growers, and six eminent winemakers charged with making individual wines. At the centre of the project is the 800-ha Elgin Orchards farm, ‘tucked up against the Hottentots Holland mountains’. The farm’s homestead hosts the tasting room, function facility and accommodation.