"2020 will be a great Yarra Chardonnay year, due to those cold nights and the high natural acidity they encouraged. It has a relatively serious nose with a touch of flint, hazelnut oak, vanilla, jasmine - then a friendly palate." Tim Shand - Winemaker
"2020 will be a great Yarra Chardonnay year, due to those cold nights and the high natural acidity they encouraged. This wine is closer in profile to the 2018 than 2019; a touch more serious. The wine has excellent acidity, but still manages to be ready to go. It has a relatively serious nose with a touch of flint, hazelnut oak, vanilla, jasmine - then a friendly palate. All the stuffing – some oak, natural fermentation, malolactic conversion, phenolic bite." Tim Shand - Winemaker - Punt Road
"From the Napoleone vineyard, planted in 1997 and 2001. 20% new oak. 40% MLF (note the absence of an ‘I’). Lemon curd and white peach, some nutty biscuits and creamy nougat, but also quite fresh and frisky. It has a subtle glossiness and glycerol texture, a bit of grapefruity and pineapple acidity, and a slight chalkiness. A pleasing amount of flavour delivered with confident restraint. Very nice." 92pts - Gary Walshe - WineFront
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!