From the hands of one of the Yarra Valley’s most esteemed winemakers—Oakridge’s Dave Bicknell— comes the Bicknell FC Applecross Chardonnay. A single vineyard wine from the upper reaches of the Yarra, this is pure, unorchestrated cool climate Chardonnay.
Taught and complex, the Applecross is aged in approximately 25% new oak, with minimal additions (just a touch of SO2). Classic in style, it is light bodied, creamy, and fruit forward, with nuances of grapefruit, peach, and oyster shell.
This is a small project between winemaker, David Bicknell and viticulturalist, Nicky Harris. A very complex, pure chardonnay, this offers fresh lemon and white peach, as well as nectarine, with a subtle, glossy edge. Oak and winemaking-derived complexity, all deeply bedded in, with some light flint and savory-pastry notes, too. The palate has a seamless textural quality with lemon, grapefruit, peach and green mango on offer. The elegance and depth here are stunning. Hazelnut finish.
97 points, JamesSuckling.com (October 2020)
An exceptionally stylish chardonnay with a pungent minerality its calling card; flavour and complexity its birth right. Stone fruit notes are ripe enough with an edge of elbow and shin, before a creamy curl of nougat and subtle oak melds effortlessly. The finish is scintillating: long, refined and brimming with an energy that demands another glass.
95 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)
There’s a touch of funk and sweat on the nose but from there it’s an impeccable display of line and length. It tastes of nectarine and custard apple, pure honey and spice but it’s the cut and thrust of it that really impresses. It’s a wine of complexity and length and as a three-year-old it seems but a pup. It has some kind of future ahead.
94+ points, The Wine Front (June 2020)
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.