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.
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.
LANDS EARLY NOVEMBER OR SOONER 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...
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."
LANDS EARLY NOVEMBER OR SOONER 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...
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 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 30 per cent new French oak. A natural fermentation will occur at cool...
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. "Hand-picked from two vineyards, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in 2-3t batches, SO2 added straight after fermentation, no mlf, matured in French barriques and puncheons (30% new). Racy style, with 8.3g/l of titratable acidity. Grapefruit leads, with white flowers, white peach and good oak handling." JH 95 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,...
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.
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,...
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...
All the Giant Steps single vineyard chardonnay is found in this wine. A combo. The wine is fermented and rested in 600 litre clay egg vessels. Cool. But we’ve been here before. Giant Steps’ winemaker Steve Flamsteed puts very little feet wrong in his quarry. This is another wine to keep his (Flamsteed’s) brain ticking, while delighting and audience no doubt. This one is right on the pace of the 2018. A multi-dimensional chardonnay of easy pleasure but lots of fine detail. There’s a slickness but also light chew to the wine, concentration of flavour is pronounced but acidity is too, lifting the wine and keeping all that green apple,...
“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 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.
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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