Green olives, preserved lemon, aniseed, roast chicken, lime and maybe green melon rind, though distinctly non-fruity, you’d have to say. It’s smooth and glossy, but flinty and firm, a pithy bitterness running through it, which cinches it in so nicely, and a finish that grips and runs very long. It’s not your average Chardonnay, which is why it’s so good.
96 points, The Wine Front (May 2020)
Bright, light straw-yellow hue. The bouquet is reserved, shy and youthful, with notes of smoky sulfides, lightly-toasted nuts and a trace of honey, the palate tense and reserved, ultra-refined and poised, yet intense and long, with a core of sweet fruit and undoubted concentration. Lemon, traces of grapefruit, super-fine flavour of intensity seamless texture and long persistence. A sensational chardonnay with an assured future.
96 points, The Real Review (May 2020)
I love the wafting citrus fruit with hints of flint and nuts. Good fruit-weight and density. Ripe spicy grapefruit flavours. Long and satisfying.
95 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
From an east-facing contoured vineyard that catches all the morning sun, and none of the scorching afternoon blaze. Perfectly ripened white stone fruit, with a quick squeeze of grapefruit juice. Whole-bunch pressed to barrel for fermentation and maturation, yet the fruit retains the limelight. Fantastic length. An outstanding success in a challenging vintage.
95 points, Wine Companion (September 2020)
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.