The mild finish to the growing season has produced a beautifully balanced wine with a nose of green apples, citrus blossom and white peach. The palate has a beautifully fine focus - seamlessly integrated oak framing pithy grapefruit and almond flavours. A line of natural acidity finishes the wine with length and drive. 95 points
From three distinguished parts of the Yarra Valley, whole bunch-pressed, 25% fermented in new puncheons from leading coopers, the balance in used puncheons and barriques on lees (with some stirring), matured for 10 months. This is a powerful Chardonnay with layers of white peach fruit interleaved with grapefruit. It carries this off with panache. 95 points, James Halliday (Wine Companion, January 2017).
Medium yellow colour with a complex bouquet, which has reductive elements as well as grapefruit and citrus early-harvested fruit and sensitively handled oak adding toasty notes. It's medium-bodied and intense, with a salty, lemony, minerals aftertaste. Its tense, nervy, tight palate would make a good food wine. Drink to 2024. 95 points, Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com, October, 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.