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,...
"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 . The Kostas Rind Chardonnay is grown in a 1.5 hectare plot. The wine is fermented in French barrels of which typically 20% are new. Fermentation occurs without the addition of cultured yeast and the wine remains in barrel on yeast lees over winter with only a small amount of malo-lactic conversion taking place. It is racked around eight months after vintage, and returned to barrel for a further...
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,...
Wine Front 97 points. "The juice goes to barrel straight from the press tray, with no additions of yeast, nutrients or enzymes. Once the juice is in barrel a small amount of sulphur is added and then we wait, usually about five days, for the fermentation to begin. The wine has spent 12 months on yeast lees in French barrels, of which 35% are new, and bottling took place early June. The hallmarks of wines from this vineyard are evident with lemon, lime and grapefruit aromas intermixing with mealy, nutty complexities. There are subtle aromas of white flowers working alongside that citric brightness. The palate is fresh, supple, rich, creamy,...
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%;...
The Wine Front 95 points. The Chardonnay by Farr comes from the same site as the Sangreal Pinot Noir. It’s an exposed, hungry north-facing slope of red soil over limestone, planted in 1994, the vines a mixture of Dijon clones and P58. Fruit is picked by hand and whole-bunch pressed. All the solids are collected and chilled before being put to French oak barrels (30% new). Natural fermentation occurs over the next two to three weeks at cool temperatures. After fermentation, a bit of stirring helps start malolactic fermentation, which is usually completed by mid-spring. The wine is then racked, fined and lightly filtered before bottling 11...
"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...
'Much more subtle and complex than the regular chardonnay on the nose, which shows white peppers, dried nutmeg, cloves, dried citrus, white nectarines, cantaloupe melon and loquat. Full-bodied with a lovely interplay of assorted spices on the palate. There are citrus flavors running through the layers of tangy acidity and right up to the long, very mineral-driven finish. Wow. Irresistible now but better in 2025.' 95 Points - James Suckling
Huon Hooke 96/100 This is a tight, restrained wine which is typically slow to develop and will be long-lived. It has malt, vanilla and nougat-like aromas, penetrating flavour and great finesse. It's just a baby, and happily won't be released until 2019. The cooler years suit the style, according to winemaker Ben Miller. (all Gingin clone; 100% barrel fermented in one-year old French oak) Drink Now until 2031 NOSE: Lovely vibrancy and elegance. This Devils Lair Chardonnay has primary aromas of nectarine, melon and citrus. Subtle notes of roasted hazelnut and nougat are intertwined creating a layered and complex wine with great purity. PALATE:...
~ 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.
James Halliday 95 points. Estate-grown Mendoza clone, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (37% new), matured for 10 months with lees stirring, four barrels selected and blended for this wine. This is no shrinking violet, its intensity and drive are admirable, but there is no heat. We aren't told whether the four barrels were new oak, but it's a fair bet at least three were. The palate has a juicy quality that runs through the length of the palate, the solids fermentation working to perfection, as does the acid balance. JH.
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...
SINGAPORE ONLINE RETAIL: $79 James Halliday 93 points. Appearance: Pale straw with bright green tints. Aroma: A rich, precise nose of grilled white peach, grapefruit zest and roasted hazelnuts with hints of subtle struck match complexity. Palate: Rich and powerful on the palate, this wine is textured and structural. Notes of stone fruits, seaspray and roasted nuts combine with a persistent grapefruit acid line to produce a wine of power and substance with great length of flavour. Winemaking: Fruit was handpicked and whole-bunch pressed direct to oak for wild ferment. A small selection of barrels (20%) were allowed to complete a natural...
James Halliday 96 points. Whole-bunch pressed, wild fermented French puncheons, matured for 10 months. A lovely wine, having opened it's arms to the cool vintage, Applejack Vineyard adding to the purity of the grapefruit, apple and stone fruit flavours. JH.
"This is rich, fine, seamless, quartz-like. It’s complex in an integrated way; no bells, whistles or alarms but plenty going on regardless. Grapefruit and white peach, spent matches buried into the fruit, a smoky mineralogy. It turns the power on but is long and gorgeous." - 95+ points, Campbell Mattinson OTHER ACCOLADES: Gold Medal, 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show 95 points James Halliday 93 points Huon Hooke 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...
"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 Halliday 95 points. Ray Jordan 95 points. The Wine Front 94 points. First and Business Class Singapore Airlines "The bouquet shares aromas with Tasmanian chardonnay with Weet-bix/toast nuances, the palate slightly softer than Applejack, but retaining complexity and stone fruit flavours." James Halliday. Yet another super chardonnay from one of the best makes in the Yarra. Love the subtle finesse. Nectarine and light grapefruit with a minerally character. So beautifully focused with the fine-grained oak perfectly weighted to enhance the wine. Has some cellaring potential. 95 pts – Ray Jordan, Weekend West, 27th January 2018. James...
Jeremy Oliver (The Australian Wine Annual 2016) ~ 91 points ~ "The 2014 Chardonnay is a standout......Great value!.....Complex and mineral..... it’s smooth and creamy, with vibrant flavours of juicy melon, grapefruit, peach and creamy, nutty undertones finishing long and taut...." 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...
Lands end of April. Ray Jordan 99+: "A marvellous wine that continues to mark the subtle shift to a style of more elegance and minerally finesse. There is such gorgeous texture and middle palate complexity here, with precise delivery through to a very long finish. Spices with floral notes, a touch savoury and understated mealiness that is part of this wine's DNA. What a fitting wine to mark the 50th anniversary of Leeuwin Estate." Best drinking: Now to 2032; Rating 99+ Points; Ray Jordan, The Weekend West Magazine, 23 March 2019
Buy Six Bottles and Pay $49 net. Gold Medal, Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2017. “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...
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. "A particularly well balanced and focussed chardonnay, fruit foremost with a classic array of nectarine, white peach and grapefruit zest and juice; acidity and oak slot precisely into the fruit jigsaw, the picture complete in every respect." JH Aug 2017. The best Margaret River chardonnay you have never heard of. It is a little known fact that this small estate punches massively over its weight, especially when it comes to chardonnay. It has racked up a myriad of Australian and international awards. The secret? Maybe it has a bit to do with winemaker Bob Cartwright, who formerly stirred the lees at Leeuwin Estate.
SINGAPORE ONLINE RETAIL: $ 43 WINERY NOTES: A modern expression of Cool Climate Chardonnay showing an elegant balance between fruit flavours and subtle savoury complexities. Delicate integration of French oak will have you converting to the new world style. If you are a lover of Chardonnay, don’t let the price point deceive you, this is a serious wine made in small batches for you to savour and appreciate.
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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