Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Intense, stone fruit nose with a touch of matchstick edginess. The palate is ripe, showing peach and apricot fruit notes. This is a complex, full bodied Chardonnay with plenty of texture and character.
Fruit sourced from 30-year-old Mendoza Chardonnay vines at our Home Block located next to the winery on Rapaura Road. The grapes were handpicked and whole bunch pressed. Settled juice was then fermented in large format 900 litre French barrels. The wine was aged on its lees for 12 months before a further three months of aging in tank. During this time, the wine went through full malolactic fermentation."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, January 2022 (2019 Vintage)
"A reductive, complex and intriguing expression with aromas of citrus and gun-metal, lemon and white flowers, cashew nut and vanilla. As the wine opens up so too does the range of scents. A wine of texture and mouthfeel on the palate with a corse-silk and acid tautness, youthful with these attributes. Flavours of apple and citrus, stone fruits an spice reflect the nose. A delicious and intrguing wine with lovely palate presence and flinty wild white flowers finish. Best drinking from 2022 through 2026."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"Estate-grown at Rapaura, the very youthful 2019 vintage was hand-picked from 30-year-old vines, fermented with indigenous yeasts in large (900 litre)French Oak barrels (35% new) and wood-aged for a year. Bright, light lemon/green, it is fresh and full-bodied, with ripe, citrusy, peachy biscuity flavours, showing very good intensity and complexity, balanced acidity, and obvious potential. Best drinking 2023+."
93/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2019 Vintage)
"From 30-year-old Mendoza clone chardonnay vines. Aged in large 900 litre French barrels for 12 months. A medley of tree fruits, peach and nectarine with a suggestion of ginger and struck-flint. A weighty, textural wine."
4 ½ Stars & Finalist in Chardonnay of the Year 2021 – WineState Special Annual Edition 2022, February 2022
"Bright, light lemon green, it is mouth filling with fresh acidity, intense stone fruit nose with a touch of matchstick edginess. The palate is ripe, showing peach and apricot fruit notes. This is a complex, full bodied chardonnay with plenty of texture and character."