"a pretty long finish. I really like this. It’s individual and lovely to drink." Rating: 94 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
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.
"Cherry, red fruits, a little nutty and earthy, dried herb and perfume. Medium-bodied, fleshy and unforced, kind of spiced ripe strawberry, soft but balanced acidity, a slight orange peel/amaro tang, but again it’s all so gentle and comely, with ripe sooty tannin, maybe something of a coffee bean and hazelnut flavour, and ripples of delicious tannin on a pretty long finish. I really like this. It’s individual and lovely to drink." Rating: 94 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!