97 POINTS & SAUVIGNON BLANC OF THE YEAR!Fermented in a mix of 14 used French barriques and 10 600l demi muids, left on lees for 1 month, racked, SO2 added and returned to one 2000l foudre and 10 demi muids. Xavier Bizot has well and truly mastered the impossible: given tremendous texture and structure by the oak handling, yet simultaneously highlighting the intense stream of pure citrus, stone fruit and snow pea flavours. Will not die in its tracks either. Rating: 97 points. Drink by:2017 James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
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!