A white blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Chardonnay
"A finishing fuzz of phenolics adds an extra dimension to the endless length." 95pts, Stuart Knox, The Real Review
A white blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Chardonnay, sourced from a dry grown block south of Underhill Vineyard, slightly higher in elevation.
Both Semillon and Chardonnay were hand harvested, chilled in a cool rom overnight and whole bunch pressed. This gives us the finest juice with minimal phenolics or grip. Fermentation in old oak barrels lending weight and texture.
"Light but intense lemon-yellow hue. Vibrant nose of crushed shells and lemongrass. The palate intensity is immediately noted, volume across the full spectrum is turned right up. Intense lemongrass, yellow flowers and sea minerals meld together whilst firm but poised acids drive everything long into the finish. A finishing fuzz of phenolics adds an extra dimension to the endless length." 95pts, Stuart Knox, The Real Review
"65/35% semillon/chardonnay. A wine that's driven by crisp, piercing acidity. Bracingly fresh, with all manner of citrus flavours and nuances, racy and linear. More stuffing is needed – time will probably do just that, by plumping out the palate." 92pts, Jane Faulkner, 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!