A Stunner!

Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

The Winemaking Team Reckon this is the Best Chardonnay they've ever Made!

I was down at Yabby Lake picking up some barrels during the 2017 vintage. The scent in the winery was excellent. When you smell Chardonnay barrel ferments and you smell something closer to wine that an estery ferment, it’s a clear sign things have gone well.

Tasting the final wine now everything that was present in the young ferments has made it through to the final wine, been refined, and, turned up to 11. Great purity, line and length of juicy acid. Hints of nutty, biscuity solids, pithy citrus, & jasmine. Just so long and persistent. Tightly coiled at the moment you can see it is ready to explode!

Pic with Luke Lomax, member of the Yabby Lake winemaking team in the background.

$44ea in any 3+, $42ea in any 6+

Only 2 left in stock (can be backordered)

Why is this Wine so Yummy?

The chardonnay was crushed, pressed and transferred with solids, into tight grain 500L French oak puncheons (20% new) to undergo natural fermentation. It was then left to mature on lees for 11 months, without malolatic fermentation proceeding until bottling in February 2018.

Mornington has firmly established itself as one of the great cool climate regions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Where reaching a vine age and maturity in our wine making that is starting to see us realise just how good both of these varieties can be in Australia.

From boring, oaky, over the top wines, we’re now making wines of great balance, poise, freshness, with supple texture that are just insanely yummy and drinakble.

The Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay is crushed and pressed resulting in greater phenolic extraction, good for texture, and, more solids also good for texture and an edge of funk. It’s fermented in largely old puncheons, 500L barrels. They get a little warmer and due to their size result in lower levels of oak extraction. It’s a volume to surface area thing.

The fruit is so well balanced it requires no acid additions. Basically they squish it, chuck it in a barrel and let it wild ferment.

95 Points

Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
A distinguished clonal mix from Tuerong, crushed, pressed, matured in French puncheons (20% new), matured on lees for 11 months. Having being in a sold out sign for several months before this wine came onto the market, the return this offers consumers must have been welcomed by all concerned. This isn't a sarcastic or backhanded swipe, far from it. It's a lovely Chardonnay, white-fleshed stone fruit and grapefruity acidity are totally synergistic, the palate long and balanced, the 20% new oak barely perceptible. Screwcap. 12.5% alc. To 2029.

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Yabby Lake, Tuerong Road, Tuerong VIC, Australia