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.
James Suckling 96 points. This is a very clear, pure expression of white and yellow peaches, lemons, some minerally gun flint and very subtle oak. Really dialed-in and focused on the nose. Similarly, the palate is tautly focused, yet has fully ripe flavors in the peach and lemon spectrum. It arcs smoothly into a composed, long and balanced finish. Chardonnay that’s resolved to this extent on release is a rare thing. JS.
WINERY NOTE: The 2020 Kostas Rind spent 10 months on yeast lees in French barrels, of which 25% are new, and was bottled in mid February. Typical and distinctive aromas of grapefruit and lemon with jasmine blossom lift from the glass and with time gently creamy and savoury aromas emerge. The palate is fresh, chalky, zesty, harmonious and quite smooth. It’s early days and three years of careful cellaring will see a building of complexity and texture. 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...
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." James Halliday Wine Companion 97 points. From vines planted 1988. Vineyard at 500m elevation, tended by hand. From a 0.5 ha area where the quartz in the soil is at its greatest. Yields typically 3.5–5 t/ha. Wild-yeast fermentation, unsettled juice goes...
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. The winemaking is the same for both wines however the Quartz Chardonnay sometimes spends a few months longer in barrel and there is a higher percentage of new wood used, being around 35%. Production varies from 150-250 dozen per vintage.
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. "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, Ray Jordan 93 points. Select parcels of Chardonnay from across the Margaret River region were sourced for this delightfully complex yet eminently drinkable wine. The wine displays an intense grapefruit and citrus flavour with white stone fruit an underlying mineral freshness. Fermentation was carried out using 'wild' yeast and left on lees for six monhts in new and seasonaed French oak. COLOUR Pale straw with flashes of green. AROMA Bright notes of peach and nectarine balanced by layers of flint and struck match. PALATE A wine with tremendous depth of ripe stone fruit flavours and vibrant natural acidity. A hint of...
NICK STOCK, GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE 2022, 98 points. Scintillatingly complex and intense with a wealth of ripe and mouthwatering lemon, grapefruit, peach and green mangos. Some clotted cream, flint and toasty oak, too. The palate has intense ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours in glossy, creamy texture bolstered by fresh acidity. RAY JORDAN, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN WINE GUIDE 2022, 97 points. This has consistently been one of the finest chardonnays from Margaret River. It’s the result of some intense winemaking and then some hard decisions deciding the best barrels. Savoury struck-match aromatics with white peach and a sliver of grapefruit....
James Halliday Wine Companion 93 points. Pure fruit here both on the nose and palate; it brings to mind those little posh pâtes de fruits ... crystalline pockets of concentrated flavour. Tangelo, peach, rhubarb and exotic spices. A lot to hang on to. Erin Larkin Published 13 August 2021. COLOUR Brilliant lemon straw. chardonnay 2020 AROMATICS Handpicked estate grapes, whole cluster pressed and wild fermented displaying complex layers of lemon meringue, Oro Blanco grapefruit, crisp stone fruit, honeysuckle and white blossom. PALATE The palate is creamy and textured, balanced by bright mineral acid and quality French oak driving a long and...
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 picked and the cold fruit loaded directly into the press for whole bunch pressing. This gentle handling is critical to produce our unique style of Chardonnay. The wine underwent wild fermentation in French oak barrels and remained on yeast lees for 14 months...
James Halliday 95 points. Aromas of toasted nuts, flint and citrus pith. Flavours of fresh grapefruit, nectarine along with fennel seed carries through on the saline & mineral driven palate. A powerful wine with a cellaring future. Winemaker Notes The top rows (1-14) of Block 8 were hand harvested over two days. The whole bunch grapes were chilled overnight before hand-sorting and pressing. The small amount of free run was pressed to French Oak barriques, Hogsheads and puncheon (~25% new) for fermentation with wild yeast. Fermentation was held at cool temperatures. Once alcoholic fermentation was completed, some barrels had a short period of...
Covid messed up the ratings process for this wine and ir was not rated. The 2017, 2019 and 2020 were all rated 92-96 by James Halliday and this is consistent. 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...
5 Gold Stars - the Real Review - Huon Hooke “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...
“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.
Mike Bennie, Wine Front, 93 points. Located in a protected valley, Tarraford Vineyard has a discreet microclimate, that is cooler than neighbouring sites. A diversity of aspect and clone provides multifaceted winemaking opportunities. Although located in a warmer part of the valley, the site produces Chardonnay with high natural acids (and low pH) expressing itself through its characteristically long palate, fine tight structure and a zesty lemon/grapefruit finish.
James Halliday Wine Companion 95 points. Whole-bunched pressed into older French puncheons. Natural fermentation and zero mlf. A super-bright green gold. Vibrant aromas with perfectly ripened stone fruits, grapefruit pith and an attractive touch of lemongrass and ginger. Gently textured, balanced and satisfying. A class act from beginning to end. Philip Rich. Gary Walsh, Wine Front, 94 points. WINERY NOTE: The Yarra Valley range is made from handpicked fruit from all of our estate vineyards. The wines are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking, and minimal fining and filtration. This approach produces highly expressive...
"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." Wine Companion 95/100
No question there's quality here. It's just too young. Too nervy to reveal itself fully. Now it's coiled down with a hint of citrus, spearmint and almost a grapefruit/passionfruit pith like quality. In the main, toasty oak doing the work on the flavour spectrum. Come back to this in a year or so for a different outcome. 93 points. Jane Faulkner Published 01 August 2020.
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
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.
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...
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. Colour: pale straw Aroma: stone fruit, grapefruit, grilled nuts + spice Palate: stone fruit, orange zest, crisp + textured Cellar: 5-10 years.
Trophy, Korean Wine Challenge 2021. 92 points, International Wine Challenge. 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. Drink with fine rich fish such as turbot, roast chicken, mushrooms, pumpkin ravioli, cheddar + brie cheese. WINE NOTES Colour: lemon, green tinge Aroma: wet stone, grapefruit, white peach Palate: green olive, green apple, hazelnut, mineral Cellar: 0 – 15 years Nutrition: 88 calories per...
“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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