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2017 Chardonnay


6 Awards/Critics’ Notes
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Chardonnay is one of our two main squeezes out here, and this drop in particular will have you singing Yarra Valley praises. Drop the retro stereotype because cool climate Chardonnay is our jam and you should absolutely get on board.

Region: Yarra Valley

Alc/Vol: 13%

Smells like: Fresh pear, lemon, poached apple, florals and marzipan

Tastes like: Crisp, fresh and dry with a stonefruit core and citrusy pithy texture

Goes with: Paella del Mar, BBQ chicken with fresh coriander salsa verde, wash rind cheeses. Catching up on your book on a Sunday afternoon


Wine making: Flavour development was exceptional. The valley floor provided stone fruit and honeydew melon richness while the Upper Yarra showed more citrus flavours. The long vintage kept the acid crunchy and lively resulting in great length and complexity

  • Predominantly hand-picked Yarra Valley Chardonnay
  • Harvested Feb-March 2017
  • Whole bunch pressed with free run and pressings portions kept separate
  • Partial indigenous fermentation in new and seasoned French oak
  • 50% oak matured on lees, for approximately 9 months in oak
  • Barrels lees stirred monthly until winter
  • No malolactic fermentation to keep it fresh and maintain natural acidity
  • Drink now or you can hold onto it for up to 5 years, but why wait?


4 Awards

  1. 2019 Victorian Wine Show


  2. 2019 Perth Royal Wine Awards


  3. 2019 Royal Hobart Wine Show


  4. 2019 International Wine Challenge


Critics’ tasting notes

  1. “This slips down the throat without any hesitation on the part of the wine or the consumer. The varietal fruit is as pure as the driven snow but in the final outcome, it’s just that little bit too smooth.”


    Halliday Wine Companion 2020 12/08/2019

  2. “Fresh, fruit- driven style, white flowers, integrated, with delicate use of oak.”



    International Wine Challenge 2019

Delivery Information


Zone (defined by postcode) Fastway AusPost
Melbourne/Yarra Valley $16.00 $12.00
Albury/NE Victoria $12.00 $15.00
Sydney, ACT $12.00 $20.00
NSW, VIC Country $16.00 $22.00
Adelaide, Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast $16.00 $16.00
QLD Country $16.00 $28.00
Tasmania, Perth $25.00 $30.00
SA Country $30.00 $30.00
NT, Country WA $59.00 $36.00

Delivery ETA: 3 to 10 business days pending postcodes