The winemakers represented in this pack should need no introduction. David Bicknell (Oakridge), Dylan McMahon (Seville Estate), Shaun Crinion (Dappled Wines) et al are the current crop of Yarra Chardonnay masters winning awards and winning over the public.
Expressive, contemporary, and moreish - this pack is essential Yarra Valley Chardonnay.
In this 6-pack you’ll find one bottle each of the following;
Toolangi Paul’s Lane 2016
“...one of the Yarra’s most serious Chardonnay players…”
Seville Estate Sewn 2017
“...sings from the rooftops... taste it for yourself.”
95 points, James Halliday
Oakridge Over the Shoulder 2016
“...a generous serve of… white peach and nectarine….”
93 points, James Halliday
Giant Steps Lusatia Park Vineyard 2016
“...freshness and focus... vibrancy and length... grapefruit just in front of peach.”
97 points, James Halliday
Hillcrest Village 2016
Insider Chardonnay… Hillcrest belongs with the Yarra Valley’s modern icons.
91 points, James Halliday
Dappled Appellation 2017
“Hit. Bang on. Pear, apple, honeysuckle and grapefruit…”
94 points, Campbell Mattinson
"Clone I10V1, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak (10% new). From 'selected' vineyards' it sings from the rooftops of the vintage and the purity this has instilled over and above the effortless length of Yarra chardonnay. I'm disinclined to sing the praises of this wine - go buy a bottle (better still, six bottles) and taste it for yourself." 95 points, James Halliday
"From vineyards in four locations in the Lower and Upper Yarra Valley, the grapes pressed directly to a mix of stainless steel and French oak barrels for fermentation and maturation. It has a generous serve or ripe stone fruits (white peach and nectarine to the fore), balanced by oak and natural acidity." 93 Points, James Halliday
"The Dappled range goes from strength to strength. Hit. Bang on. Pear, apple, honeysuckle and grapefruit with a steely, spicy ring through the finish. Cutting and fleshy at once. Pulpy, you’d almost say. Fresh, long and zippy but with varietal expression clear throughout. Another year in bottle won’t hurt it." 94 Points, Campbell Mattinson
"The colour is a little more advanced than the Premium, unexpected given this has the Diam, the Premium a one-piece natural cork. The palate follows the track laid down by the colour, softer and less vibrant." 91 Points, James Halliday
"Wild-fermented in French puncheons, 20% new, no batonnage, matured for 10 months. Gleaming straw-green; first tasted in Mar '17. Unexpectedly, the freshness and focus is even greater now, the Upper Yarra vibrancy and length more in focus, grapefruit just in front of peach. Almost inevitably, the natural acidity provides the wine with exceptional length." 97 Points, James Halliday
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.