"It’s complex and impressive but in an off-hand way; some wines address you from the lectern, this wine argues its point as it walks by your side. Its feels very young; it feels as though time will bring favours." 93+pts - Campbell Mattinson - WineFront
The winery and vineyard, originally known as Killara Estate, was established in 1997 with Bill Downie as the original winemaker. Owner Stuart Proud took over wine making duties some 5 years ago.
The entire property has been bio-dynamically managed since 2010.
"Hand-picked MV6, hand-sorted in the winery, wild-fermented, one ferment with 100% whole berry, 25 days on skins (60% of the wine), the second with 100% whole bunches, 21 days on skins, both matured in old oak. This wine is more supple and fruit-sweet." 96pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
"No new oak, all wild yeast, 40% whole bunches. From the beautiful Thousand Candles site at Gruyere. Distinct personality. Almost tangy, almost sweet, but neither. It’s earthen, red berried, spicy and fine, with juicy acidity and fine tannin tying everything delicately together. It’s complex and impressive but in an off-hand way; some wines address you from the lectern, this wine argues its point as it walks by your side. Its feels very young; it feels as though time will bring favours." 93+ pts - Campbell Mattinson - 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!