Gold Medal - Winewise Championships 2016 (97-100/100) Winewise Championships 2016 Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016 (95 Points) - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016 Gold Medal - NSW Wine Awards 2016 (95 Points) - NSW Wine Awards 2016 Gold Medal - Orange Wine Show 2015 96 Points - Bob Campbell MW; Real Review 95 Points - James Halliday; Wine Companion Outstanding - Lester Jesberg; Winewise Light yellow hue and a restrained, shy, slightly mineral aroma, with a little grapefruit and nectarine emerging as it warmed. In the mouth, it’s delicate, restrained, tight and reserved. The lightness and drinkability are very good. The palate is...
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...
~ BUY SIX 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.
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.
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 97 points. "James Halliday - Published on 06 Jan 2016 The bouquet is arresting in its complexity, with a faint echo of funk, but it is the palate that defines this wine, with its ripples and whirlpools of white peach, grapefruit and creamy cashew, all brought to a driving finish thanks to its natural acidity. Rolls Royce power, Yarra Valley length."
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...
2014 TRUE COLOURS CHARDONNAY James Halliday Wine Companion – 95 Points “Beautiful balance and composure. Everything in its place, everything delivered at the right time.. Terrific value”. Campbell Mattinson “I just love the balance of it. The effortless swing of fruit flavour. There’s a drift of lactose through white peach, chalk, citrus and spicy oak and likely some malo, done well”. – 93 Points – The Wine Front Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 90 Points – Lisa Perrotti Brown MW WineGenius.com – 93 Points
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