Langton's State of Chardonnay Victorian six-pack
We’ve curated this selection of top tier Victorian Chardonnay with pleasure in mind. Every single one stands as an exemplar of what the very best of the state tastes like, demonstrating that the right time for impeccable Chardonnay is all the time. Red wine season – what’s that?
In this case you find one bottle each of the following
"This has such richness and complexity from the outset. Kinzbrunner is flexing all the muscle in this 2018 chardonnay. The nose is wildly complex with flint, wet stones and lemon and grapefruit pith. Peach and praline notes, too. This is so, so complex. The palate has a plush, smooth-honed texture and delivers a full, textural takeover with intense peaches, mangoes and peach custard and a smooth, deep finish. This is exceptional."
98 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2020)
"Bright, light to medium yellow colour, with a complex, well-worked bouquet displaying nougat (toasted almond and honey), smoked chicken, and a multitude of other aromas. These all translate to the palate, which is full-bodied and rich, but not forward or over-built in any way. There's a generous component of matchstick sulfides as well as classy oak. It has great concentration and persistence, is packed with flavour and entertains to the last drop. There is a sweetness and richness that comes not from residual sugar but sheer concentration of ripe fruit flavour."
97 points, The Real Review (May 2020)
"From 42yo estate vines, 6 hours skin contact, wild fermentation and mlf in French oak (33% new), matured for 11 months. Tightly structured and, as yet, furled. Its track record promises a long life."
95 points, Wine Companion (July 2018)
“Long and lustrous…with nutty complexity towards a finish of tightly knit acids and savoury notes”
96 points, JeremyOliver.com
"The hierarchy of Koooyong's wines is distinctive, with an ascension of complexity and length palpably clear as one reaches the apex: this stunning chardonnay and indeed, the Faultline, too. The difference? The Farrago is furled across a mineral beam, that opens more readily, exposing the fruit and joy of the wine with a little air. Stony. Tangerine, peach and nectarine segue to a lime-inflected flintiness, filling out across the palate with notes of hay, oatmeal and lees-inflected curd. The oak is perfectly positioned as a signpost to guide this beauty across the next decade."
96 points, Ned Goodwin (February 2018)
"This is so perfect it’s not funny. Such an even glide of flavour; so well manicured; so slinky-soft and just so satisfying to close. Stonefruits, minerals, grains and oak. It’s a succulent wine; it’s a celebration of the chardonnay grape; it feels both elegant and powerful at once."
95 points, Campbell Mattinson (July 2018)
"The bouquet is very complex ex well controlled barrel fermentation. The palate has focus and balance, the grapes picked at precisely the right moment, the fruit flavours of white peach, grapefruit and Granny Smith apple in perfect balance and harmony, the length that of top Yarra Valley chardonnay. Yarra Valley chardonnay responds like a violin in the hands of an 18th century musician - Bach, Mozart or Vivaldi."
96 points, Wine Companion (September 2019)
"There’s a little struck match and perhaps more spicy cedar oak this vintage, though it’s by no means excessive. Grapefruit and ripe lemon, but also nudging into some tropical fruit flavour too. There’s a fine powdery texture, intensity of acidity, some aniseed perfume, along with wheatgerm and ginger trailing on a juicy and tight finish. It’s a flavoursome iteration of this wonderful wine, and likely ready to drink earlier than some; no bad thing."
94 points, The Wine Front (August 2019)
"Identical vinification to its siblings, the intention to place all the emphasis on the site, including its micro-flora. A wine with substance and depth, and a (non-residual sugar) touch of fruit sweetness. I am confident that the individual personality of each sibling will express itself more and more over the next 2 years."
95 points, Wine Companion (July 2019)
"I think this was my favourite of the Chardonnay releases. A little struck match, melon, spiced oatmeal. Big flavour, powerful fruit with a lime drizzle, acidity to belt it in, good grip and texture, tang and brightness on a long finish. Such a good thing to drink."
95 points, The Wine Front (May 2019)
"Some colour development; a voluptuously rich chardonnay, with fig, peach and melon fruit characters garnished with nutty oak and a creamy finish, pointing to Bass Phillip Estate's total mlf and biodynamic practises and beliefs."
92 points, James Halliday (July 2018)
"Straw-yellow and despite its low-ash alcohol, ripped with flavour. There’s no need to wait on this; it’s pretty much in its drinking prime now. It tastes of white peach and cashew, oak spice and almonds. It’s both textural and energetic, the finish full of running. There’s a slightly oxidative note here but it works well in the context of the wine. It’s quite beautiful drinking, it must be said."
92 points, Campbell Mattinson (February 2019)