TOOLANGI Pauls Lane Chardonnay, Yarra
"Garry and Julie Hounsell’s Toolangi has emerged as one of the Yarra’s most serious Chardonnay players.....[Gary Hounsell] produces three (Chardonnay) wines off his single 12-hectare vineyard and employs three winemakers with vastly contrasting approaches to make them. The result is three nicely differentiated styles, all of them excellent.' (Huon Hooke.) Pauls Lane is a vineyard-specific Chardonnay drawn from low cropped, hand harvested estate grown fruit taken from a select site in Toolangi's Dixons Creek vineyard.
Made from low-cropped, hand-harvested, estate-grown fruit taken from a select site on Toolangi's Dixons Creek vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Aged in French oak barriques for 11 months. Made by David Bicknell of Oakridge. Quantity: 480 dozen. 13% A/V. Screwcap closure.
Toolangi is a consistent high performer, but the 2012 Pauls Lane Chardonnay takes it to another plane, the wine was made at Oakridge under the watchful eye of David Bicknell, the end result is a wine that gives genuine excitement slating pristine fruit and flinty spice notes against each other. A light straw yellow in the glass, on the nose flint and worked sulphide nuances give way to nectarine and green fig, the palate has a foundation of crystalline acidity from which richer stone fruits express themselves with profound impact. The wine finishes with subtle wood spice and a steely edge to nectarine fruit, the length is immense. This is a modern day Australian classic. Patrick Eckel, winereviewer.com.au
Hand-picked from estate vineyards, made at Oakridge, barrel-fermented and aged in French oak for 11 months. Here the flinty reduction of the bouquet is more obvious than the standard version, but still well within bounds so far as I am concerned. Greater concentration and intensity of the fruit is very obvious; from this perspective, a prime example of the importance of terroir. Will live for an inordinately long time. Drink to 2025. 97 points, Wine Companion
Hand-picked from estate vineyards, made at Oakridge, barrel-fermented and aged in French oak for 11 months. Here the flinty reduction of the bouquet is more obvious than the standard version, but still well within bounds so far as I am concerned. Greater concentration and intensity of the fruit is very obvious; from this perspective, a prime example of the importance of terroir. Will live for an inordinately long time. To 2025. 97 points, Wine Companion.
A seamless wine which encapsulates the beauty of the Yarra Valley. The fruit is alive yet walks with humility. Gently spiced oak, fresh fig, nectarine and yellow fleshed peach plus well poised acid stride hand in hand with all components delivering a wine which is an absolute pleasure to drink. Gentle creaminess from the oak caresses the mouth to finish for what almost seems a prolonged and polite farewell. Big love here. Chardonnay fans will be in heaven here. Will cellar long term but good to go now. qwine.com.au (4/2016).
This is a delicious Chardonnay release from Toolangi in the Yarra Valley. The fruit is from Dixon's Creek and the wine made by highly regarded winemaker, David Bicknell, at Oakridge. This may be the best release yet I have tasted of a Toolangi Chardonnay. It has aromatics of struck match, cashew and minerals. The palate has fresh and racy acidity, with good length and balance. Recommended. Sean Mitchell, Grape Observer (5/2016).
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.