Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star. James Halliday Wine Companion
"Four clones, hand picked, 20% whole-bunch pressed, the balance crushed and destemmed. Matured in French oak (30% new) for 11 months. Typically refined and elegant, but isn't stand-offish. The Yarra Valley's calling card of chardonnay is its extreme length, built around natural acidity and citrus zest. Oak is part of the upbringing, but discreet, and the wine has a very long plateau ahead." Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star. James Halliday Wine Companion
"A flinty, gun metal thing, nectarine and lime, cinnamon brioche, some white flowers and aniseed. It’s concentrated and flavoursome, nectarine, pear and pink grapefruit, spicy biscuit oak, a fine chalk dust feel, glossy with with tight acidity through its core, and a spicy finish of fine length. A more intense vintage of this wine, a little more bold and savoury, but really good. Juicy!" Rated: 95 Points. Gary Walsh. The Wine Front
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!