"It's a wine of precision and drive - an ethereal, minerally glide on the mid-palate ahead of piercing lemon flesh acidity. It's beautifully put together and oozing class." #1 of 58 2019 Chardonnay from Australia, 95 points, Nick Butler, The Real Review
Hand-harvested from Toolangi's original 1995 plantings (I1OV3 and Gin Gin clone grapes on D Block). From just rows 35-55, these rows naturally yield fruit that has both intensity and superb freshness. It's quite a dense yet racy Chardonnay with layers of ripe pear, yellow jube and nectarine fruit, nutty complexity and a clean, powdery close.
"24yo vines, I10V3 and Gingin clones, crushed and pressed with juice solids to French barriques (20% new). Again the drive is exceptional, the fruit range the classic cool-grown duo of grapefruit and white peach." 96 points, Winecompanion.com.au
"Clean, direct, stonefruit and aniseed, cashew and a touch of spice. Mid-weight, crisp and fresh, a subtle lemon accent and tang, flint and crunch, a bit of savoury and nutty action through a brisk and refreshing finish. Good. More to come." 92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
"Pale, youthful yellow colour. Sulfides are clean and clear, just-ripe lemons and cashews, soft, spicy oak. It's a wine of precision and drive - an ethereal, minerally glide on the mid-palate ahead of piercing lemon flesh acidity. It's beautifully put together and oozing class." #1 of 58 2019 Chardonnay from Australia, 95 points, Nick Butler, The Real Review
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!