The 2014 vintage will age quite gracefully with the concentration that comes with smaller vintages. A vintage we have found to be very perfumed in the barrel and now in bottle. Wines which have great direction, power and enjoyment from the Moorabool Valley. James Suckling 96 Points. Impressive concentration and complexity. All shades of peach fruits, banana, cinnamon, flinty chalky notes, honey and almond nougat. The palate's smooth and succulent; there's well-paced acidity firing rich, flavorsome grapefruit and white peach fruit flavors along. Really holds the finish with impressive pithy power; great wine. Drink now. James Suckling, May...
The wines from this vintage seem extremely fine and mineral driven. As more wines are released from this vintage you will see the approachability and elegance of a cool vintage for the Farr’s. The Wine Front 94 points. It’s a beautiful chardonnay. Tight, controlled, complex and distinctive. Stonefruits bound through lemon curd, meal, oak-spice and mineral. There’s a toastiness too, almost a charred peach character, though the flavours all come so immaculately packaged that trying to separate them is as difficult as it is unnecessary. The quality is high, the length impressive, its every step assured. Tasted: Aug 17; Alcohol: 13%;...
"Power. This is a chardonnay of presence if ever there was one. It’s rock solid from start to finish but the boom of flavour as you swallow is quite something else. Honeysuckle, struck match, peach, melon and mineral with a toasty spiciness smattered throughout. The flavours aren’t the thing; it’s the impact and the reach. It makes no sense but it’s both coiled and booming at once. Give it time though; its best days are yet ahead." Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 96 points. The GC is for "Gary Charles". Winery Notes: The most exciting wine from this vintage with out doubt is the new “GC Chardonnay by Farr”. A new wine that...
The Wine Front 96 points. The GC is for "Gary Charles". 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 35 per cent new French oak. A natural fermentation will occur at cool temperatures over the next one to two months, and then a small amount of stirring helps start malolactic fermentation. The wine is then racked, fined and lightly filtered before bottling 11 months after picking. A complete chardonnay. The wine has an amazing smoothness and calmness that stretches the length of the palate, surrounded with textured fruit and mineral elements. We...
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~ 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.
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...
Wine Front 93 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...
95 Points, Special Value Wine - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "From four blocks in the Forest Hill and Highfields Vineyards, crushed, cooled, pressed direct to French barriques (30% new) for wild fermentation and subsequent maturation with partial mlf. Has very good mouthfeel and length, primarily zesty pink grapefruit flavours with some cashew notes."
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.
NOT RATED YET Winery Notes: Season: 2017 was a textbook cool climate vintage. The preceding winter was cool to cold (good vine dormancy) with good rainfall and ground saturation as the valley moved into spring. The growing season was characterized by intermittent rainfall with otherwise cool to mild days, bright sunshine and importantly, no temperature peaks. As a result, all varieties enjoyed slower ripening where acids, sugar and flavor stayed well in-sync. The resulting wines have terrific structure and detail, underpinned by crisp natural acidity and bright fruit. Vinification: Hand picked and whole bunch pressed without additions....
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...
“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...
Mountadam has some of the most enviable resources available for Chardonnay with many varietal clones, aged vineyards and geographical aspects. 5 vineyard components are selected. This is all about the fruit not the oak. Racy, fresh peach and pear on the nose, more peach, white stony fruit and crisp acidity in the mouth. It is hard to think of anything better at the money.
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 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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