"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.
"Wild yeast fermented with a high percent of whole bunches in the pot. Minimal sulphur and no new oak – indeed, the ‘newest’ oak was four years old. Ultra-fined grained tannin is but one of this wine’s features. Finesse is another. So too complexity. This is a beautiful wine, crafted to great effect, its flavours of roasted nuts, dried herbs, black pepper and cherry-plum delivered in pure, delicious, impeccable form. It’s enough to make you stand back and marvel. It’s excellent now, and it’s going places." 96pts - Campbell Mattinson - WineFront
"Hand-picked and hand-sorted in the winery, one parcel fermented with 100% whole bunches. Powerful and complex, medium to full-bodied overall. Here the tannins make their presence felt, but are better balanced and integrated than its Gathering Field sibling. Intense red berries remain the centre of a palate also offering darker fruit notes, earth, tannins and spices." 96pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
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!