This is a fresh Yarra Valley Chardonnay. Out of Step have created this expression with fruit from the granite rich Denton View Hill in Tarrawarra. The fruit, typically of the label, is hand picked, wild fermented and matured in a mixture of old and French new oak (much more of the former—this isn’t an oak bomb by any means). Refreshing and subtly green, with hints of apple and herbs. It’s not buttery or oaky, but you’ll relish that Chardonnay-centric element of stone fruit.
Out of Step is the passion project of winemakers David Chatfield and Nathan Reeves. In 2012, the pair said goodbye to their former careers and set about making the best expressions of Yarra Valley terroir they could. They are all about minimal intervention, allowing the fruit from the various vineyards they tend to shine through in ever bottle.
Straw-coloured and slightly turbid reflecting its unfiltered status. And there's a nice density and flow to this wine too. Spicy, yeasty, notes of flint and subtle burnt match alongside white stone fruit, peach skin and grapefruit. And just enough mineral acid to keep it all fresh and extend the finish.
92 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
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.