95pts - Campbell Mattinson - WineFront | James Halliday 'Winery of the Year' 2022
60% of the grapes for this wine were grown on the two original Chardonnay blocks, planted in 1969. The remaining 40% of grapes are from the Crécy block planted in 2012 from new Chardonnay clones 95 and 548.
"Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, matured in French oak. The highly expressive bouquet is quickly followed by an equally loquacious palate, white stone fruit, oak and natural acidity." 96pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
"Quality juice. It has that extra crackle, that extra spark. Nectarine, pear, a touch of the tropics, white honey, cedarwood and mineral. Silken and searing at once. It all drives forward, it all drives on, there’s little spread sideways and yet it’s not short of flesh. Wonderful white wine." 95pts - Campbell Mattinson - WineFront
James Halliday 'Winery of the Year' 2022
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!