The Levantine Hill Chardonnay boasts ample stone fruit accents and the sort of creamy mineral torque, length and compelling intensity that defines the country’s finest examples. A juicy mid-palate is defined by crème brûlée and nougatine notes, ploughing a flavoursome middle ground of real flavour that is far the anorexic Chardonnay-norm in some parts of the country.
"Bright, medium yellow-straw colour with a fresh, complex, multi-layered bouquet that is slightly edgy and has a twinge of volatility. It's very rich, very concentrated, powerful and long, the end-palate and aftertaste quite big, strong, and slightly alcohol-hot. Power rather than subtlety."
91 points, The Real Review (February 2020)
"Straw and hay aromas open the account, clean and fresh with prominent but well handled biscuity oak. The palate is very dry, savoury and not especially fruit-sweet in the centre. There is a grip including a trace of bitterness to conclude. A generous style that would appreciate the company of appropriate food."
91 points, The Real Review (May 2020)
"Lavish wine of rich character, layers of character and detail, sweet fruit,stone fruit, green mango, nougat-marzipan oak character, honey and soft toasty maturing characters, sweet lemony acidity keeping things in check. This is a decadent, hedonistic white of impressive shape and size, in balance, done well."
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.