Trophy - Best White Wine
Trophy - Best Chardonnay
Trophy - Best Single Vineyard White Wine
Yarra Valley Wine Show 2017
“Made in exactly the same manner as the Smiths Vineyard, the intention for each wine to be an expression of the site and region’. The Upper Yarra, even more than the Lower Yarra, is all about finesse and length; grapefruit is the anchor of the fruit flavour, accompanied by white peach. The 30% new oak has largely been swallowed by the intensity of the fruit.” James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
This Chardonnay walks the tight rope of having a lovely oak influence but not being super oaky.
It should be pointed out winning the awards noted above is a big effort, considering it was up against the likes of Giant Steps, Coldstream Hills, De Bortoli, Tarrawarra, Seville Estate and Oakridge.
At $39, it's on the cheaper end for high quality Chardonnay and every chardonnay lover should have a few bottles in their cellar. With less than 200 dozen made, it will sell out.
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!