Wine Spectator 92 points, The Wine Front 93 points. "Powerful, gorgeous aromas of stonefruit - nectarine, lemon curd and a lovely hit of nutty creaminess. Though the wine is rich and ripe on the palate, the wine has a lovely fresh, zippy elegance to it - there's no flab or overripeness. Very good intensity. Long, lengthy finish - just seems to go on and on, finishing with a lovely satisfying fruity richness yet with minerality. Terrific Chardonnay. 93 points, drink now to 2025. (May 2016)." The Wine Front.
The wines from this vintage seem extremely fine and mineral driven. As more wines are released from this vintage you will see the approachability and elegance of a cool vintage for the Farr’s.
The Wine Front 96 points. The GC is foe "Gary Charles". Winery Notes: The most exciting wine from this vintage with out doubt is the new “GC Chardonnay by Farr”. A new wine that has been in the making for over 40 years. With all the knowledge that l have been able to extract from my father (Not always easy) we created a close planted / high density planting of chardonnay and pinot noir on a exposed cote. These hillsides facing east, north east and north will be the backbone of the Farr density for decades to come. They consist of the most suitable clones, rootstocks, trellising and management you fill find. This is our tribute to what...
Devil’s Lair Chardonnay showcases beautiful fruit flavours complemented with excellent minerality and taut acidity, great length and structure with subtle oak influences. Colour Pale-Straw. Nose Pure, bright and attractive. Beautifully balanced grapefruit, pith and nougat promises a vibrant, complex and pure palate. Palate Powerful white stone fruit and fine citrus acidity lead to a concentrated and layered Margaret River Chardonnay. Classy, creamy, hazelnut oak underlay a textural and long wine.
~ BUY ONE 6-PACK AND PAY $29 PER BOTTLE NET~ Nose is all about oatmeal, citrus oil and cinnamon. It is broad an generous on the mid palate and offers up melon, flint and nectarine. Drink now and for a couple of years too.
James Halliday 95 points. The Farr Rising chardonnay sits next to the Farr Rising pinot noir vineyard. Unlike the black soil of the latter, however, the chardonnays' soil has a large proportion of grey loam. This vineyard is more protected than other sites because of its undulation, but fertility and growing levels remain very low. The clones used for the chardonnay are a mixture of Dijon clones and Penfolds 58, all planted in 2001. The fruit is hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed. All the solids are then collected and chilled before being put to barrel. The new barrel percentage of 20 to 30 per cent can consist of Allier and Vogue French...
The wine typically shows a soft perfumed nose, which begins to build. The palate has sweetness, followed by mineral overtones enhanced by toasty oak, and firm flavours with a long and savoury finish. This is a gem of a wine, with ageing potential of five to eight years from most vintages.
James Halliday 96 points. Bright straw in colour. A complex array of fresh stone fruit and floral notes followed by under layers of raw nuts. The palate is vibrant with flavours of white peach and citrus leading to layers of biscuit and nuts. The natural acidity drives the wine to a long mineral finish.
Top 20 wines of 2017 Decanter Magazine. 95 points. 2016 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay This is typical of the Lower Yarra Valley; it has a particular flavour and texture on the back-palate and finish, with a faint honeysuckle/cashew note; on retasting (several times), grapefruit also struck a blow.James Halliday AWC 2018.
James Halliday 95 points. "From the exceptionally cool Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, this chardonnay is deliberately restrained." - Winery "James Halliday - Published on 01 Aug 2017 A juicy supple wine with nectarine, white peach and creamy flavours gently filling the mouth, pear and apple also joining in on the back-palate and finish. The French oak influence has more to do with texture than flavour."
The fruit for this wine came from five different vineyards in the Yarra Valley: Sexton, Tarraford, Arthurs Creek, Quarry Ridge and Primavera. A moderate year but with an accelerated final stage to ripening due to some relatively warm nights. Fruit flavours are very much in the primary zone. Small crops with intense flavours, solid natural acidity - this hand picked wine is selected from parcels from our estate vineyards. Lightly whole bunch pressed; Indigenous fermentation in new and seasoned French Barriques and puncheons. Pale gold in the glass. Freshly cut white peach aromas, orange zest, grapefruit pith and hints of fresh ginger with...
“The Single Vineyard range is an exciting development for McWilliam’s winemaking. Being site specific they showcase individual quality and personality, delivering wines of nuance and detail. This enables our viticulture and winemaking teams to push the quality and learn more about the terroir of each vineyard.” Andrew Higgins – McWilliam’s Premium Winemaker. WINERY TASTING NOTES Colour: Pale straw yellow. Aroma: Pristine grapefruit, green apple and white nectarine with complex notes of fennel. Restrained barrel-derived cinnamon and subtle struck-flint aromatics allude to the purity and intensity of this wine. Palate: Seamlessly...
Mountadam has some of the most enviable resources available for Chardonnay with many varietal clones, aged vineyards and geographical aspects. 5 vineyard components are selected. This is all about the fruit not the oak. Racy, fresh peach and pear on the nose, more peach, white stony fruit and crisp acidity in the mouth. It is hard to think of anything better at the money.
James Halliday 95 points. "A particularly well balanced and focussed chardonnay, fruit foremost with a classic array of nectarine, white peach and grapefruit zest and juice; acidity and oak slot precisely into the fruit jigsaw, the picture complete in every respect." JH Aug 2017. The best Margaret River chardonnay you have never heard of. It is a little known fact that this small estate punches massively over its weight, especially when it comes to chardonnay. It has racked up a myriad of Australian and international awards. The secret? Maybe it has a bit to do with winemaker Bob Cartwright, who formerly stirred the lees at Leeuwin Estate.
James Halliday 95 points. Plenty of funk, plenty happening here in general. Stone fruit, melon and citrus wound in with barrel-ferment and lees characters, all in the right proportions. An attractive textural feel to the palate with nutty oak and flavours of pink grapefruit pushing through, the acidity quite brisk but in balance. Complex and still evolving.
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