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 Wine Front 97 points, Jeremy Oliver 96 points. At the upper end of the Chardonnay planting, where the quartz incidence in the soil is the greatest the fruit has extra complexity, finesse and intensity. This wine comes exclusively from this soil. This area is approximately half one hectare in size. The characteristics are similar in the Quartz Chardonnay to the Kostas Rind Chardonnay but all aspects are amplified here yet remain in complete harmony. “This is a profound, deeply layered Quartz. There is lemon, white and orange blossom aromas intermixed with mineral, chalk, spice and mealy complexities. The palate is intense, full,...
James Halliday 97 points. “Bright, gleaming straw-green; an impeccably groomed wine, shirt tucked in, not a hair out of place, intensity, balance and length of a high order. Trying to pinpoint the flavours is akin to chasing a rainbow, slipping through your fingers.” JH.
Vineyard The By Farr chardonnay comes from the same site as the Sangreal pinot noir—composed of red soil over limestone—and was planted in 1994. The limestone of this site is not exposed on the surface as at other sites. The limestone starts 20 to 30cm below the surface, to the depths of the root zone of the vines. It is a very exposed north-facing slope. The clones used for the chardonnay are a mixture of Dijon clones and Penfolds 58. Vinification The fruit is hand-picked then whole-bunch pressed in the winery. All the solids are collected and chilled before being put to barrel, which are 30 per cent new French oak. A natural...
The Wine Front 96 points. 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 Gazza has achieved and provoked...
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~ ~ BUY FIVE 6-PACKS AND PAY $25 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.
96 points. 2016 Giant Steps Lusatia Park Vineyard Chardonnay Each of the '16 Giant Steps Chardonnays was vinified in exactly the same way (wild-yeast fermented in French puncheons, 20% new, no batonage, matured for 10 months), and each was bottled 23 Jan '17. The Upper Yarra Valley gives the wine a finely honed elegance, casting a spell on the mouth. It's very long, and very fine. James Halliday WAC 2018.
Jeremy Oliver 95 points, Wine Front 95+ points. An exemplary Yarra Valley chardonnay. "This is rich, fine, seamless, quartz-like. It’s complex in an integrated way; no bells, whistles or alarms but plenty going on regardless. Grapefruit and white peach, spent matches buried into the fruit, a smoky mineralogy. It turns the power on but is long and gorgeous." - 95+ points, Campbell Mattinson.
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...
Matthew Jukes 20/20, James Halliday 98 points, Wine Front 96 points. "Part hand, part machine-picked, part wild and part cultured yeast, matured for 11 months in new French oak. Incredibly youthful quartz-green colour; a great chardonnay, its intensity and length right up there with the best prior vintages; white peach and nectarine open the batting, pink grapefruit coming swiftly thereafter, creamy/nutty oak almost lost in the crowd. If this weren't enough, the aftertaste is a work of art, complete in itself." James Halliday AWC August 2017. Matthew Jukes “Art Series itself is just that – a work of art. lt is the most consistently...
“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...
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.
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