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,...
"Dalwhinnie's Chardonnay is the best from the region in virtually every vintage" James Halliday 95/100
Devil’s Lair Chardonnay showcases beautiful fruit flavours complemented with excellent minerality and taut acidity, great length and structure with subtle oak influences.
~ 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...
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.
James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2016 BEST OF REGION - 97 POINTS • James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2015 BEST OF REGION - 96 POINTS GOLD RIVERINA WINE SHOW • GOLD PERTH ROYAL WINE SHOW • GOLD TUMBARUMBA WINE SHOW. "Hand-picked, destemmed, open-fermented, matured in a mix of French hogsheads (35% new) and used barrels for 16 months. Bright straw-green; this wine is all about its striking natural acidity that in turn has kept the pH low. This is why its colour has barely changed, and from which the pink grapefruit, Meyer lemon and white peach draw their freshness. It's taken almost 3 years for the wine to achieve the balance it now...
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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