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2020 Reserve Chardonnay

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Our flagship Chardonnay. Only made in the very best years, using only the very best parcels of fruit.

This wine was barrel selected from two of our best batches. Barrel fermented in new and seasoned French oak. Hand-picked and whole bunch pressed, this wine shows all the great hallmarks we look for in our Reserve Chardonnay. Power and restraint in character, focused acidity and a balanced textural mouthfeel, great complexity and length.

 

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Viticulture

Chardonnay
2020
Yarra Valley

Tasting Notes

Pale yellow straw
Lush, sunny fruits of nectarine, mandarin and grapefruit zest. Nougat, almond meal and a fine array of sweet spices build a subtle but deep complexity.
Beautiful and pure palate of grapefruit and yellow peach. A lovely creamy texture envelops the fruit and the fine, mineral acidity brings levity and focus to the wine. There’s a waxy, rain-on-the-hot-footpath character that brings a deep yet restrained complexity, along a with subtle oak vanilla spice. The finish is long, poised and tight, ensuring a long and bright future ahead.
Now through to 2032

Winemaking

13.24%
750ml
3.29

Professional Reviews

96
This is the result of barrel selection from the best batches on the estate and another nearby grower. It was barrel fermented in new and old puncheons. It's a wine that combines that essential merging in power and elegance. The slightly mealy grapefruit characters on the palate have richness with precise focus through to the finish. Showing great textured and richness with a fine minerality to finish. Love the slightly creamy vanilla bean custard apple richness. Cellar 12 years.
95
Pristine fruit with elegance and restraint. I could stop there but I won’t because I have so much more to say about this exciting Chardonnay. It smells like just-sliced grapefruit with the spritz of zest in the air and the fresh, crisp scent of a cold mid-winter morning before the world has awoken. There’s a hint of freshly baked baguette and larger format barrels (500L, 20% new oak) which add a subtle vanilla spice. On the palate it shows seamless balance; bright citrus intensity and white peaches set against subtle vanilla blossom. The texture is like a fluffy homemade marshmallow – silky and mouthfilling. This is a baby, and whilst absolutely delightful now, will continue to develop stunning complexity.
94
Not every vintage produces wines worthy of reserve status. The 2020 vintage in the Yarra Valley started hot and dry and then turned cool and wet in January, bringing with it a long, slow ripening of fruit. That last bit is important. Grapes don’t like to be rushed. In 2020 they impressed enough to make it to reserve status. With the 2020 reserve chardonnay, there’s a lot to be enjoyed now but there’s still plenty of juice in the tank for later. The always sunny Mendoza clone brings a range of lovely, ripe fruit characters to the bouquet: nectarine, yellow peach with mandarin skin, a touch of nougat and almond meal. As you move to taste, the liveliness of fruit is joined by a marked grapefruit-citrussy acidity. That’s the future of the wine right there, the secret to its longevity in bottle. It’s a tad sharp and not quite as integrated as it might be, but it is still early days. The word here is restraint. The finish emphasises the wine’s quiet power and presence, not to mention length.
93
It has presence. This is a firm but well-balanced chardonnay with apple, white peach, pear and citrus flavours cut through with flint, crushed fennel and creamy cedar. It impresses immediately, flows evenly through the palate and then attacks again through the finish. I never had any doubt over this wine’s quality; it was really just a matter of how high. In the end I was on the cusp of 94.