'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 James Halliday, Wine Companion
'Toolangi are 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
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.