Chardonnay from the Coal River Valley. Tolpuddle vineyard, planted in 1988... Great Chardonnay. Fleshy with fruit, slung with acidity, flashed with flinty funk, and bitten by notes of grapefruit, wood spice and steel. Nashi pear and white peach flavours create the waves; spice and matchsticks add the glitter. It’s beautiful now, and it will take age in style. Drink 2019-2025.
95 points, Campbell Mattinson (7/2018).
"An alluring, heady aroma of fresh cream, gentle ginger spice and lemon butter. The grapefruity palate is deliciously textured and long with an outstanding phenolic frame. A sophisticated, well-made wine that has presence, style and intensity. Highly recommended" 97 points, Toni Paterson.
"Light, bright yellow colour with a piercingly fresh, lively lemon and grapefruit citrusy aroma, with some creamy yeast lees nuances. It has a terrific flavour, a lively energetic palate and zesty lemon sherbety qualities. The finish is long and the wine is refreshing and appetising. Excellent chardonnay." 95 points, Huon Hooke.
"A warm and drier than average season has resulted in richer and more intense flavours of stone fruit, ginger flower and preserved lemon. More complexity and depth from winemaking inputs such as whole-bunch pressed and fermentation in French oak with lees stirring throughout a 9 month period. Yet this never feels besieged, as the natural acidity glides across the palate reining everything in. A pleasure to drink." 96 points, Jane Faulkner.
"Super refined and cool peach and grapefruit aromas with gently flinty minerally accents. The oak adds a smoky edge. The palate has powerful driving fruit with punchy acid presence and a super long, fine and mouthwatering core of citrus and just-ripe white stone fruits. Grilled hazelnuts to close. Superb chardonnay. Drink now." 97 points James Suckling.