"Hand-picked Gin Gin clone, the 18yo vines considered to be the best on the property. Whole-bunch pressed with solids to French barriques and puncheons (35% new) for fermentation and maturation. Layered fruit of the highest quality." 97pts James Halliday
Toolangi's F Block - home to 18-year-old vines of the Gin Gin clone - is the highest parcel of vines on the property and has been identified as growing some of the best Chardonnay that this Dixon's Creek vineyard produces. In 2019 the fruit was crushed and pressed straight to barrel (35% new) with full solids. Primary fermentation was powered by wild yeasts, there was no malo this year, and the lees were stirred for the first six months of maturation. The wine then spent 10 months aging on lees before bottling.
"Hand-picked Gin Gin clone, the 18yo vines considered to be the best on the property. Whole-bunch pressed with solids to French barriques and puncheons (35% new) for fermentation and maturation. Layered fruit of the highest quality, it is as long as it is complex, oak merely a whisper. 13.5% alc." 97 points - James Halliday
"Brisk, chalky and vigorous wine featuring a little cap gun smokiness, lemon rind, white peach, oatmeal and cinnamon. It's bright and tight, lovely flinty grip and zesty lime rind tang, cool 'mineral' acidity, pink grapefruit and grilled nuts, green pear, and a long tangy and smoke tinged finish. Flinty flinty, and fresh. All about texture and a rip cord of acidity. Kind of imperious, over friendly, and water-coloured too, though that's no bad thing." 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!