Pierro Chardonnay 2009
To declare that Chardonnay wines represent some of the best Australian wines in its current state of affair is truthful and factual.
The fact that I have highlighted an Adelaide Hills Chardonnay in previous blog article; and now I am waxing lyrical on a Margaret River one, shows that Aussie Chardonnay has a special place in my cellar.
As a neutral varietal, Chardonnay may seem easy to manage and craft into a popular wine. However, to handmade a complex Chardonnay offering layer of flavours, and with huge potential in ageing, it would take more than the versatility of the varietal’s attributes.
One such well-crafted wine is Pierro Chardonnay.
Pierro, run and manage by Dr Mike Peterkin, a retired medical practitioner, is not only a pioneer in the famed Margaret River wine region, he is also flying the flag of Margaret River Chardonnay high in the international arena, championing its style and helping to shape the region’s status as a premier wine region.
Evolving from the early days’ creamy, buttery and richly-flavoured Chardonnay, these days, it is common to see Chardonnay from Margaret River heading towards a restraining style with a gentle hand in oak and varietal expression, but emphasizing on a stylistic expression that epitomize the nuances of Margaret River regional identity.
Besides the quality of this wine, what truly left an indelible impression is Dr Peterkin and his appointed importer in Singapore, Mr Tan Hai Choo (since succeeded by his equally able son, Kelvin Tan).
They were the reasons I have always cherished Pierro Chardonnay and wines under the Pierro label.
My initial encounters with Mr Tan, also a pioneer in the local wine industry, were filled with welcoming, warmth, and encouraging memories; he has also provided much advice and guidance during my formative years.
Despite his established repute, Mr Tan remains non-assuming and grounded, a rare persona in the current market place.
Perhaps it was a meeting of minds and mutual likeness; I find Dr Mike Peterkin, much like Mr Tan Hai Choo, also exhibit a caring and heartwarming personality.
Mike, as he is fondly known, is also generous in sharing his wines, knowhow and time.
When I last visit Margaret River in Oct 2011 during the judging of wines at the Margaret River Wine Show, I had the privilege to be imbibing his excellent home-cooking with the good doctor and his friends.
As for the wine, besides its subtle, delicate and refine ‘Grand Cru’ qualities, the positive ‘qi’ that I obtained from both maker and distributor deepens my preference for wines that appeals not purely by its quality, but also a great individual (or two) behind the success of that bottle.
This wine is suitable for:
French Fine Dining
Fine Cantonese Cuisine
Fine Teochew Cuisine
Wine Bar’s Fine Wine list
Price: SGD105 nett per bottle
Availability: Leading Wine Retail Specialist outlets (including Moomba Wine Shop, Circular Road/ Bacchus Wine Shop, basement, Paragon Shopping Centre)