This mix illustrated the kaleidoscopic appeal of that most noble of white grapes, Chardonnay. Through the prism of Chardonnay, the winemaker can sign their name with degrees of oak, time in barrel or the stirring of lees. Or they can hide their lights and step out of the way to let the sense of place be writ large on the nose, on the palate, and in the memory.
In this 12-bottle selection you’ll find one bottle each of the following. Winmark Wines Rusty's Run Chardonnay, Hunter Valley 2019 Credaro Wines 1000 Crowns Chardonnay, Margaret River 2019 Soumah Equilibrio Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2019 Principia Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula 2018 Stonier Lyncroft Vineyard Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula 2017 Oakridge Wines Vineyard Series Henk Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2019 Picardy Chardonnay, Pemberton 2018 Main Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula 2018 Moorilla Estate Muse Chardonnay, Southern Tasmania 2017 DCB Wines Single Vineyard Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2018 Cherubino Wines Cherubino Gin Gin Chardonnay, Wilyabrup 2019 Riposte By Tim Knappstein The Katana Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 2020
Pale greenish-straw in colour, this is an attractive fruit-driven chardonnay with aromas of melon and tropical fruits, sweet, direct and uncomplicated. It has quite a lush palate that's not very complex, but a lovely sense of fruit purity carries it well and it finishes sustained, dry and zippy.
90 points, The Real Review (April 2021)
Bright, light-yellow colour, with a youthful nose that is somewhat dominated at this stage by sulfides. It's restrained, taut and tense, a little on the nervy side, lean and crisp with lemony acidity and very subtle flavour. An ultra-reserved style that could be accused of a slight lack of fruit, but it has time on its side and could reveal more with time in bottle.
91 points, The Real Review (February 2021)
The dry-grown Lyncroft Vineyard was planted in '88 on an east-facing slope above Shoreham, 50% mlf, matured in puncheons. Has a passing pineapple note amongst peach and citrus flavours. All up, an attractive wine.
95 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)
Straw-coloured and flavoursome but with heaps of zip. It comes at you with sunny peach and lime leaves, sweet cedar and juicy citrus, perhaps even with a touch of green pineapple. It has plenty of body but it also had excellent line and length. I’m much taken. It’s celebrates both its variety and its beachside home.
94 points, The Wine Front (December 2019)
The bouquet is smoky, stone-fruity and quite entertaining, the flavour is intense and focused, bright and medium-long. Hints of candlewax. Grapefruit and nectarine flavours lead the way. The fruit does most of the talking.
92 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
Perfectly balanced with juicy lemony fruit, faint spice, gentle sulfides and a lovely acid line. The flavours are intense and long. It is quite tight right now though I can't wait to see what it does with age.
93 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
Follows in the footsteps of prior vintages, always generous and satisfying - and quite different to most Mornington Peninsula chardonnays. This is layered and rich, citrus on buttered toast to arrive later in the development cycle.
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2020)
Powerhouse style done well. Brimful of ripe, sweet peach and pear with melon and custard apple swinging through. Flint, as flashes. Toasty, creamy, cedary oak and a good deal of it, but the power of the fruit is up to it. Not a shrinking violet. In complete command.
94 points, The Wine Front (March 2020)
Bright, light colour, with a cashew nut aroma, attractive underlying complexities which continue through the palate. Intense and refined, precise and direct with long-lasting flavour and real finesse. A delicious wine. Pure fruit drives the wine magnificently. Great line and length. My pick of the 2019 Oakridge chardies.
97 points, The Real Review (March 2021)
It's a soft chardonnay with creamy, leesy characters as the palate's main calling card before its zestier, zippier side takes over through the finish. Mellifluous for the most past, rushed with energy thereafter. Elegant. Price the main challenge.
94 points, Wine Companion (Janurary 2020)
Fermented wild in quality French wood, a judicious percentage new, this is a delicious Chardonnay that feels fresher, cooler and more mid-weighted than the labelled alcohol otherwise suggests. Truffles and hazelnut. Nougat. Stone fruit and yet, more important than this whimsy, is the wine's tenacity across the palate; the oak holding in the seams and the impeccably judged mineral freshness towing the flavours long. Class and poise are this wine's totem.
95 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)
Complex and weighty style underscored by tingling grapefruit acidity. Here be stonefruit, white mint chocolate, wheatgerm and spice, in amongst other things. It’s creamy, glossy and buttery, but flinty and tight, offering intensity and concentration, and a very long finish that pulses and grips.
94 points, The Wine Front (January 2020)
This is excellent. Lots of flavour, enough complexity, good ripeness, no flabbiness, an extended finish. Confident chardonnay. Fennel, stonefruit, pear and cedarwood. A subtle flintiness perhaps, at most. Really good wine.
94 points, The Wine Front (August 2020)
Light to medium yellow-straw colour with a toasted-nutty, creamy, waxy bouquet, which is reserved and complex. The wine is rich and soft whilst at the same time zesty and refreshing with vibrant lemony acidity. There are evident dairy-like malolactic nuances, which add to its subtantial character. This is drinking very well now but will live on well, gaining richness and complexity. A more Burgundian style of Aussie chardonnay.
94 points, The Real Review (February 2020)
A compelling nose of lemons and grapefruit, nougat and cashews, wet stone minerals. There's a softness to it, a leesy charm that allows fruit to gently peel off it, white peach and lemon pith. More than dips its lid ot the old world. A beautiful wine.
95 points, The Real Review (November 2019)
Fleshy style of apple and stone fruit, some butter and honey nougat. It’s medium-bodied, smooth and buttery, a bit savoury and lactic, all pretty good, but it never seems to take off. Just a bit flat, but nice enough.
90 points, The Wine Front (June 2020)
Clean lines. Sure footing. Attractive flavours of yellow peach and nectarine with red apple adding zip. Toasty/cedary oak plays an assertive but complementary role. The winemaker's hands are evident, but it doesn't feel forced it feels engaging.
93 points, Wine Companion (Feburary 2020)
Light to mid-yellow hue, the bouquet smoky and muffled with some oak and toasty-smoky nuances. The palate is soft and round, pillowy and almost voluptuous. The smoky sulfides are also evident on the palate, without harming the flavour. Some richness and good length. A complete chardonnay, although the level of smokiness may challenge some tasters.
92 points, The Real Review (January 2020)
A mix of Dijon clones from the Lone Star Creek Vineyard, whole-bunch pressed to tank, thence to one new demi-muid, the remainder wild-fermented in barriques. Complex wine, fruit, oak and acidity all contesting a place in the sun. Works well.
92 points, Wine Companion (January 2020)
Lime, white peach, green olive, almond, subtle vanilla oak. Light in body, delicate and discreet in flavour, subtle and not at all showy, fine acidity and flinty texture with flecks of green through, and while perhaps it lacks length, does charm and drinks very well.
91 points, The Wine Front (August 2019)