Why is this Wine so Yummy?
“96 Points. Precision winemaking. Classic Yarra Valley chardonnay flavours, very long and led by white peach with a kiss of oak (20% new) exactly balanced by the fruit; grapefruit haunts the backdrops and aftertaste. 12.5% alc. To 2028″- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.
Words from the Winery
This wine is about 80/20 from the Mendoza block of Chardonnay, which was planted in 2007 and the old block, planted in 2001 (clones Barnard 95, 277).
The nose is fruitier than we normally expect, probably the influence of the warmer early season, but it is loaded with stone fruits, rock melon, grapefruit and citrus notes. There is an underlying thread of complexity from the natural ferment, full use of solids and barrel fermentation, that will continue to come to the fore as the wine ages.
The palate is quite rich and expansive with layers of flavour and generosity. The 2016 vintage has a level of concentration and texture that gives this wine an immediate approachability at this early juncture. Its finish is particularly long.