James Halliday 92 points. WINERY NOTE: Impeccable balance of oak and fruit makes this chardonnay a cracker with or without food. Fruit from cooler sites in the Yarra produce the firm acid line, holding structure on the palate. Notes of apple and melon layer the creamy texture, melting into a lingering mineral finish.
Lands Mid March from Australia 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...
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 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,...
The word ‘quartz’ adorns a couple of my favourite wines from all over the globe, now I think of it. Quartz is the strength in the soils of the best chardonnay bits of Bindi’s garden too. And here, another magnificent release. Alas, not tasted with Michael Dhillon as has been a habit at times. If you want to look up ‘complexity; wine’ or ‘premium wine’ or ‘fucking awesome’ in a dictionary then I suggest a picture of this bottle accompanies. It’s impressive from the first whiff of fragrance, all rich, fresh, savoury, fruit driven, saline and slate minerally, and just so darn intriguing. Beckons you in. The glass to mouth...
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."
97 points | Huon Hooke, The Real Review Light to mid-yellow colour, with a shy, reserved bouquet of savoury elements including almond meal, stone fruits, malt and bran biscuit. Traces of honey and nougat emerging. Appealing creamy lees touches. The wine is tremendously intense and beautifully rounded, soft-textured and finely balanced while enlivened by its citrusy acidity. Long, long carry. A classy wine of great complexity and refinement. HH.
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.
The Hillside wines are made from low-yielding fruit grown on the steepest slopes on the estate allowing both excellent sunlight exposure and ventilation. The wines are both ripe yet delicate and limited production maintains the high level of quality that has yielded numerous accolades across the range.
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...
Ray Jordan 97 points, The WA Wine Guide. Gold Medal, Margaret River Wine Show 2020. “This would have to be the finest chardonnay yet made at Driftwood and marks the continued evolution and improvements that started a few years ago. It’s fine and delicate but tightly bound. The minerally citrus and nectarine characters are controlled and intense. Wild fermentation and regular lees stirring has help build texture and complexity. A cracking good wine.’ RJ. COLOUR Brilliant pale lemon with hints of green hues. AROMATICS This elegant refined chardonnay displays complex aromas of white stone fruits, lemon sorbet, orange blossom, frangipani,...
Gold Medal, Margaret River Wine Show 2020. "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...
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...
James Halliday 98 points. The Evans and Tate 2016 Redbrook Reserve Chardonnay offers aromas of citrus, pear, rock melon, honeydew and nectarine fruits with subtle dried herb notes. The palate showcases flavours of freshly toasted spices, malt and tropical notes from wild barrel fermentation persist, with layers of complexity that will develop beautifully over time. JH. Ray Jordan 97 points. Wow. This is a thoroughly beautiful chardonnay. The striking feature is its delicacy and restraint while still delivering a persistent and insistent palate length. Restrained grapefruit and melon aroma with a muted backdrop of smoky oak. The palate is...
James Halliday 96 points. Bright straw. Complex array of white nectarine, and pink grapefuit with hints of flint. Stonefruit, citrus and cashew flavours persist on the palate. A Powerful mineral finish driven by natural acidity.
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 Suckling 97 points. Attractive florals and crushed stones here with lemon and grapefruit pith, as well as white peaches and subtle hazelnuts. Some floral elements, too. The palate has superb elegance, coupled with intensity, concentration and focus. Sleek and fresh, lemon-drenched finish. Excellent chardonnay. Linear. 97 pts.
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.
“The One With The Juicy, Savoury Feel. A little more volume than the other 2019 Giant Steps single vineyard releases, Sexton pushes ripe citrus, green apple, nuttiness and a Parisian almond/marzipan character. It’s flinty too, minerals don’t escape, but the main gist is a wine of quiet power, depth, concentration and drive. Exceptional length, the finish is a starburst of flavour, then chalky and puckering. It opens up beautifully, indeed needs some time to reveal more and more, so you get a complex wine with incredible detail going on. Long term fans of the Giant Steps chardonnay world will recognise the pedigree here. It has it...
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.
“The One That Goes All Minerally. Huge mineral feel, indeed, you’d paste this into the section under ‘Wine; Minerality’ in an encyclopaedia. All pebbles and talc in perfume, sure, some citrus, citrus blossom, faint bread dough notes, but you’re drawn to the flint and element rocky notes primarily. The palate does the same, flint, wet slate, smooth pebbles rolled around the palate, olive brine, green apple juice and lime comes in too. Feels quite firm despite a sense of juiciness and being dart-shaped and long. Finishes with the faintest kiss of salted nuttiness. Just beautiful. Poised and fine.” 95 points, Mike Bennie.
James Halliday 96 points. "Wombat Creek is the highest significant vineyard in the Upper Yarra, and is Handpicked's favourite when it comes to chardonnay. Fermentation takes place in French barriques. It has fabulous mouthfeel and crunchy white peach flavour throughout, the generous use of French oak standing aloof from the other Handpicked wines. Its length and tenacity are exceptional." 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...
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 Wine Companion 2021 95 points. "Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (52% new), matured for 9 months. A very interesting wine, the flavour and texture of the fruit tightly coupled, aided by acidity, the aftertaste with a European feel." 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 acidity.
REGION: TUMBARUMBA. Harvested from grapes grown around 480 meters these cool-climate wines in the McW 480 Estate range are filled with freshness and vibrancy. Enjoy vibrant flavours from great heights. The McW 480 Estate Chardonnay displays bright citrus and white nectarine with supporting fresh oak. A focused and linear palate which is richly textured with flinty acidity. Depth of citrus fruit flavor and drive combines with a long seamless finish.
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
WINERY NOTE: It’s all about the fruit! Coming from a cracking vintage, this chardonnay heroes the Yarra Valley fruit, with with just a touch of oak exposure.
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....
“This fresh and complex young chardonnay offers peach and melon aromas with gently buttery, biscuity nuances, too. The balance of acidity is right for the ripe-peach flavors. Waffle-cone finish. 90 Points.” JamesSuckling.com, October 2020 [2019 Vintage]. “Fresh-faced stye with just enough texture, complexity and length to keep most folks happy. Pear, stone fruit, powdered milk and ginger-spice notes get the job done. 91 Points.” Halliday Wine Companion, August 2020 [2019 Vintage]. “Straw in colour but it’s a fresh-faced style with clear varietal character. White peach, pear and apple flavour comes with oak spice top notes. It’s...
“It’s a soft chardonnay with creamy, leesy characters as the palate’s main calling card before its zestier, zippier side takes over through the finish. Mellifluous for the most past, rushed with energy thereafter. Elegant..... 94 Points” Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2020 (2019 Vintage. WINERY NOTE: The Mendosa clone creates rich, elegant Chardonnay and we selected this for our first Equilibrio. The wine is opulent, generous and composed with good oak integration all wound together with a citrus and nectarine, creamy freshness. The concept behind our Equilibrio range is to promote the very best barrels, clonal...
“From a parcel in the Gruyere district, this has a very impressively focused and intense nose with punchy lemon and peach aromas, as well as grapefruit pith, gun flint and fresh hazelnut. The palate has a fleshy, supple and soft edge with creamy and gently buttery layers around lemons, limes and peaches. 93 Points.” JamesSuckling.com, October 2020 (2019 Vintage) “A flintiness, a creaminess, a succulence. Gets the complexity and mouthfeel right and then moves on to delivering pure, fruit-driven drinking. Lemon fresh, pears, blossomy characters, custard. Most enjoyable. 93 Points.” Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion, August...
~ 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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