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. An intense, mineral wine fully ripe but lean, taught and intense with savoury, creamy elements. Fragrant notes of orange blossom,...
Wine Front 94 points. "Bindi hasn’t put a step wrong in its dual-generation existence, and continues on a righteous path of unswerving attention to vineyard, gentle application of winemaking, great thought in every aspect of wine-vine life. Michael Dhillon would have to be one of the youngest professorial wine thinkers going around. Bindi’s legend and legacy is well on its way, as we know. Here’s another release to admire over time. A nice mesh of lemon lime, floral notes, peanut brittle, ginger in the bouquet. All understated, all good. Palate is light and juicy, bright, crisp, shows some good fruitiness, a touch of nutty savouriness,...
James Suckling 97 points. The combination of super composed grapefruit, white peaches and just-ripe nectarines gives this a mouthwatering nose. Some savory dried flowers and gently nutty, lightly spicy oak, too. The palate has scintillating acidity that adds handy depth and definition to the very chiseled, concentrated finish. Holds beautifully. This is a superb chardonnay vintage for Bindi. JS. "Cask sample. 1988 planting named after a Lithuanian refugee who mentored Bill Dhillon at school and got him interested in wine. Picked on 4 April. Lovely energy and vibrancy. Chewy end but very promising." JancisRobinson.com, April 2018, 17+/20 ....
James Suckling 93 points. Very rich here with attractively flinty, peach and lemon aromas that lead to a powerful and fresh palate with a sleek, fluid and very juicy impression. Great balance. JS. Winemaker Notes An intense, mineral wine fully ripe but lean, taught and intense with savoury, creamy elements. Fragrant notes of orange blossom, nectarine stone, spice and subtle nuttiness are usual with a vibrant, tight, long palate highlighted by clean acidity, wonderful texture and fine length.
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 Suckling 97 points, James Halliday 97 points. Such purity of fruit, freshness and mouthwatering fruits in the form of grapefruit, lemons and white peaches. Dry, flinty and stony aromas with grilled nuts, too. The palate has an impeccably seamless and powerful style, impressive depth and a long acid-drenched finish. This is impressive. JS. This is a classically styled Quartz displaying grapefruit and lemon aromas, white and orange blossom fragrance with spice and leesy/mealy complexities. It is rich and full, fresh and intense and builds through the palate for a powerful, zesty, flowing, long finish. It has a taut, dry, fresh...
James Suckling 97 points "Very fresh and intense aromas of lemons, peaches, hazelnuts and white florals are delivered with striking definition and purity here. The palate is impressively layered, long and powerful with a pithy core of lemon and yellow-grapefruit flavors, as well as peach, honey and hazelnut. Pristine, long and powerful finish with great focus. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
2018 By Farr Chardonnay Geelong – 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. The trademark characteristics of the wine produced on this site are understated power and length with a mineral finish. The wine has a great fruit expression that is well...
GC is Nick Farr’s tribute to his father (Gary Charles) and what he has achieved in the Geelong region and also what he has contributed to Australian Chardonnay and Pinot Noir over a 40 year career. The wine is matured in French oak, 35% new, for approximately 10 months. Brilliant pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. Potent aromas of white peaches and ripe nectarine melded to dried honey sail out of the glass. Biscuity nougat, faint gun flint and spice notes then follow. Rich, creamy and intensely flavoured the palate is nonetheless a shade more elegant than previous vintages. Fleshy white peach, nectarine and...
James Halliday 96 points. From the dry-grown vineyard of John and Bronwyn Calvert in the heart of the Western District of Vic. Has the usual Farr stamp of complexity from go to whoa, yet also has great purity and precision. Grapefruit and green apple lead the band, oak simply a vehicle for the fruit to express itself. JH. #FARRCHARD
James Halliday 95 points. COLOUR Pale straw colour with green tints. NOSE A fragrant bouquet of white flowers, nectarine and pear with underlying cashew and citrus notes. PALATE The palate is medium-full bodied with stone fruit and fresh citrus flavours and creamy biscuit characters from lees influence. The wine has an elegant, refined structure and finishes with fine mineral acidity.
James Halliday 95 points. "Estate-grown, hand-picked, whole-bunch-pressed, wild-fermented in French barriques (30% new), matured for 9 months. Bright, light straw-green; white peach, melon and pink grapefruit on the bouquet, moving to a grapefruit-driven palate with cool climate regalia. Delicious and fresh." 95 Points colour Beautiful light straw colour, highlighted by golden tints, bright and shiny. aroma The perfume is intoxicating with its hints of oatmeal, peach and honey; also that ever-elusive character of stuck match stick. The vanilla spice is beautiful, yes it's all there - in wonderful harmony. palate The palate is intensely...
James Halliday 93 points. Includes 3% pinot gris. It's a fluid, lively chardonnay with pear, stone fruit and grapefruit characters driving convincingly through the palate. There's lots of fruit upfront but then there's plenty of sizzle through the finish, too. Chardonnay 101 in a good way. JH. COLOUR: Bright lemon straw. chardonnay 2019 AROMATICS Handpicked estate grown fruit, whole cluster pressed and naturally fermented displaying complex layers of lime tart, pink grapefruit, white nectarine, honeycomb and jasmine floral notes. PALATE The palate is creamy and rich, balanced by crisp mineral acidity and quality French oak driving a long and...
James Halliday 94 points. "The first vintage of chardonnay under this label. Cool, cloudy juice delivered direct to 1yo French oak, wild ferment at ambient temperatures, thence to 10 degrees C storage with stirring until bottled. It's amazing how a wine of this provenance and quality has a RRP of $19. To 2023. " colour Brilliant condition. Pale straw in colour with a fresh green rim. aroma Pear, stone-fruit and melon, with layers of wild herbs, subtle spice and a savoury twist of fresh bread. palate Wonderfully fresh, flavoursome and subtly textural and complex. An original, pure and exciting expression of Margaret River Chardonnay....
This kicks some goals. It's ripped with tropical fruit, but then it's flinty to finish. Both generous and well honed. There's a subtle creaminess to the texture and a fresh-faced burst to the finish. Campbell Mattinson - 93 Points for Australian Wine Companion. The term Broadway is referred to by our winemakers as the popular Caves Rd stretch along which our Chardonnay vineyards for this wine are dotted. These strategic vineyard locations capture the array of northern, southern and central flavours and characters of the varietal to make a style that truly captures the essence of Chardonnay from Margaret River. The fruit was selectively hand...
Gold Medal, China wine & spirits awards 2019 Gold Medal, Perth royal wine awards 2019 Gold Medal , Royal Hobart wine show 2019 Gold Medal, Margaret River wine show 2018 Halliday wine companion 2020 James Halliday 95 points. Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in new French puncheons then matured for 7-10 months. Gold medal Margaret River Wine Show '18. This is all about detail, the palate almost painful in its purity - chiselled from granite. JH. WINERY NOTES: colour Light gold, with a fresh, green rim. aroma A layered, complex aroma with stonefruit, pear and citrus notes with seductive fresh toast, dried herbs and malty aromas...
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. 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...
Forest Hill Vineyard has a unique place in the history of Western Australia’s wine industry, being the first cool climate vineyard planted in the state. A two hectare vineyard was planted in 1965. More than 50 years on Forest Hill is family owned and run. Bright straw in colour with aromas of pears, nougat and flint. The palate has flavours of fresh citrus and figs with zesty finish. The lees stirring has built texture and weight across the palate. Mostly hand-picked, chilled further before some parcels are hand sorted, whole-bunch pressed (Block 8 and Bernard clones) and others crushed before pressing into French oak barriques, hogsheads...
James Halliday 96 points. James Suckling 95 points. Apples and honeydew melon with pie crust and poached pears in a fresh, attractive mode. The palate has a smooth, evenly paced and sleek feel. Polished texture and good depth of fresh white peaches and pears. Drink or hold. Screw cap. JS
James Suckling 95 points, James Halliday 95 points. Very attractive, succulent style with intense and energetic white-peach and lemon aromas and flavors. The drive and depth on the palate really impress here. Drink or hold. JS. “One of the cornerstones of the estate-owned vineyards, the low yield obvious on the bouquet, shifting to purity and precision of the palate and lingering aftertaste”. JH.
Top Gold & Trophy, 2018 Yarra Valley Wine Show. 95 points, Huon Hooke. 95 points, James Halliday. James Suckling 94 points. A very composed and attractively elegant chardonnay that has an impeccably smooth array of lemon and peach-sorbet aromas with very subtle, fresh-nutty notes. The palate has such smooth build. Really refined and elegant. Drink or hold. JS.
"Slightly dusty, sulfury overtones over subdued fruit aromas. There's a nutty, almond or malty aroma note, while the palate is very dry and restrained, with good intensity and length. The sulfur could be subduing it just a little, especially on the nose. Still the quality shines through. This has more to give in time." 95 points, Huon Hooke OTHER ACCOLADES: Gold Medal, Royal Queensland Wine Show. Owned by Hand Picked Wines, Wombat Creek Vineyard is the highest altitude vineyard in the Yarra Valley, making it an ideal location for the production of extreme cool climate wines. The vineyard was originally planted in 1988 with the intention of...
James Suckling 96 points. and no 42 /Top 100 of 2019. Gold Medal, Royal Melbourne Wine Show. 96 points, James Haliday. 95+ points, Mike Bennie. 95 points, Huon Hooke. Super fine aromas of limes and chamomile with hints of beeswax, apple pie crust, pears and white-almond paste. The palate has a very sleek, steely and resolute line of mouthwatering fruit, cast in the lime and white-peach zone. Super fine and long. Wow! Drink or hold. JS.
WINERY NOTES: Chardonnay is one of our two main squeezes out here, and this drop in particular will have you singing Yarra Valley praises. Drop the retro stereotype because cool climate Chardonnay is our jam and you should absolutely get on board. Region: Yarra Valley Alc/Vol: 13% Smells like: Fresh pear, lemon, poached apple, florals and marzipan Tastes like: Crisp, fresh and dry with a stonefruit core and citrusy pithy texture Goes with: Paella del Mar, BBQ chicken with fresh coriander salsa verde, wash rind cheeses. Catching up on Netflix on a Sunday afternoon
James Halliday 95 points. "Quartz-green. Complex nose of flint, white flowers and nectarine leading to a palate with grapefruit, more stone fruit and spicy notes from fermentation in oak. The acidity is just right, neatly tying all the flavours into the seamless texture." Wine Companion The Rock of Solitude is a special place in the Ironcloud vineyard, a single flat rock facing west, overlooking Geographe Bay in Western Australia. A Chardonnay bringing together four classic Burgundian clones. A generous palate featuring flavours of stone fruit and pear. Time on lees has resulted in a velvety texture which is well balanced by the fresh...
Gold Medal, IWC 2019. WINERY NOTES: The grapes for this beautiful McW 660 Reserve Chardonnay were handpicked, and then the whole bunch pressed. The resulting wine features a light straw yellow colour accompanied by a green rim. The fragrant nose exhibits scintillating aromas of citrus, white nectarine, biscuity oak and gunflint. A sip of the wine reveals sweet flavours of citrus and grilled cashew nut. Flinty acidity integrates with the firm and linear palate to provide a creamy texture, culminating the wine in a long and seamless finale. This delicious Chardonnay can be enjoyed within a cellaring term of 9 years from vintage. It tastes...
James Halliday 95 points. McWilliam's champions the use of grapes planted in high altitude/cool-climate regions to deliver quality wines with crisp, fruit-driven flavours and our flagship McWilliam's 842 Chardonnay epitomises this philosophy. The name 842 references the peak altitude of the Tumbarumba wine region at 842 metres above sea level. A powerful wine with great fruit intensity matched and balanced by creamy rich texture and the wonderful crisp slatey natural acidity of Tumbarumba. The melon and stone fruit flavours are perfectly ripe with a pure line of grapefruit acidity that drives the wine to fantastic depth and length, with an...
James Halliday 95 points. Struck match, touches of toasted hazelnut and grilled peach and fresh lime notes give the 2017 Chardonnay Bin 311 ample complexity on the nose and palate. It's medium-bodied, with a touch of creaminess on the mid-palate and a long, silky finish. #PENFOLDS
2016 True Colours Chardonnay stone fruit| citrus | mineral | spice Vintage Notes “Vintage 2016 will be long remembered as the most compact growing season in living memory. A warm spring was followed by a warmer than average Summer but luckily we were spared from suffering through too many extreme over-40 degree spikes during the ripening period. The effect of this weather forced an acceleration of ripening but also a retention of fresh acidity due to the cool nights. It’s not surprising then to see ripe, generous characters on the 2016 wines”. Mark Nikolich - Senior Winemaker
James Halliday 93 points. "Stone fruit notes wash over a creamy core of nougatine, toasted cashew and high quality vanilla pod oak. Some ambient yeast effects, too, akin to earth and truffles. This mid-weighted chardonnay manages to be both rich of flavour, compelling of texture and poised on the side of freshness and pointed length. Not a step out of place." Ned Goodwin Published 01 August 2019 COLOUR Brilliant straw NOSE Lifted bouquet of nectarines and stone fruits with an underlay of toasty spice. PALATE Barrel ferment characters add complexity while flavours of citrus and cashew swirl around the palate to give a long flavoursome finish....
~ Buy Six and Pay $45 net Each ~ 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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