Clyde Park Vineyard Single Block B3 Chardonnay, Geelong
"P58 (Penfolds) clone planted '95 on river flats, whole-bunch pressed, full solids ferment in French oak (30% new), matured for 8 months. As complex as it is classy, this could oh so easily be identified as Meursault (Burgundy) in a blind tasting. Top class stuff, with a layered, slightly funky, richness that expands on the finish. Drink to 2029"
97 points, James Halliday, March 2018.
Chardonnay (clone P58) planted in 1995. Full solids, 30% new oak (ie: one new puncheon)... Coiled power. It’s a cliche but it’s so apt here. This wine seems eager to impress at first but it quickly hones to a precise point. It’s like a thick Texta with a fine tip. Stonefruit, melon, citrus. Beautiful integrated smoky oak, scratched with flint. It needs a little time to bloom and to build. But it is a fundamentally excellent wine. Drink 2020-2025+
95 points, Wine Front, September 2018
Victoria’s first commercial wine was produced in Geelong by Swiss immigrants in 1845. During the mid- 1800’s Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria with 400 hectares under vine. When phylloxera struck in the 1870s however, the vines were decimated and it was not until the late 1960’s that the area’s vineyards were re-established. Located about 80 km southwest of Melbourne, Geelong has a cool maritime climate with low rainfall and prevalent cool blustery winds that affect flowering and Franceuit set. Soils are diverse, mostly volcanic over limestone with some lesser quality black soils. The region is dotted primarily with family owned wineries producing small quantities of high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.