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2020 Chardonnay


2 Awards/Critics’ Notes
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Yarra Valley Chardonnay is a queen amongst wines; sophisticated, serene and perfectly poised. A variety whose remarkable winemaking heritage combines with regional youth and vitality to deliver a rewarding, multi-faceted wine able to satisfy a thirst or take to the table.

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, smoked salmon and brie fritatta. Fiction, fantasy and a little romance.


Wine making: In 2020, the Yarra Valley experienced above average rainfall throughout the spring months, providing excellent water reserves for the vines leading into summer. Through January, the Yarra Valley was fortunate in avoiding the impacts of the bushfire events endured elsewhere in the country and cooler conditions through February had a positive effect on ripening.  Expect wines full of flavour and fruit intensity with vibrant colour and excellent natural acidity.

  • Predominantly hand-picked Yarra Valley Chardonnay (in the upper Yarra)
  • Harvested in February 2020
  • Whole bunch pressed with free run 
  • Split into tank and barrel ferments to provide freshness and complexity
  • 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? 


1 Award

  1. 2020 Victorian Wine Show

    05/02/2021 Gold Medal

Critics’ tasting notes

  1. “This is a light-bodied chardonnay from the Yarra that uses a portion of barrel fermentation to add some neat, nutty, creamy complexity. The oak influence is minimal, so you are getting some rather beautiful fruit expression. A vibrant, fresh melony wine with a crisp sustaining acid on the finish.”


    Ray Jordan 25/02/2021

Delivery Information

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NT N/A $36.00

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