"Toolangi's chardonnays are invariably good, fruit-driven drinking... sophisticated without trying too hard" Rick Allen, Manly Daily
Located in the northern Yarra Valley region of Dixons Creek, Toolangi Vineyards is a special site for growing grapes. Sheltered by the Toolangi state forest on one side, the vines are positioned on undulating slopes and the block design follows the natural curve of the land. Planted in 1995, with addit ional plantings in 2001, the site produces premium Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Toolangi vineyards operates on the principals of sustainable and holistic viticulture so the wines capture the spirit of this special vineyard and reflect each season.
"18yo vines, clones I10V3 and Mendoza, hand-picked, crushed and pressed with juice solids to French puncheons (10% new), no mlf, 10 months on lees. Has unexpected drive and intensity of pink grapefruit flavour." 95 points, Winecompanion.com.au
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!