Racked directly to barrel after whole-bunch pressing, this wine is the purest expression of TarraWarra Chardonnay. Made without yeast or acid addition, the fruit batches from each block are kept entirely separate in barrel over the 10 months in oak. It is crossflow filtered without fining before bottling at the Estate.
Aromas of citrus fruits and white flowers reflect the cooler year, the palate balanced between finesse, length and creamy texture. The acid line drives through with a persistent and long finish.
A wine to drink and enjoy now or cellar for 10 or more years.
The heritage blocks of B and D have a north-west aspect and represent a perfect site for Chardonnay. The two blocks have deep soils and a cool micro-climate.
2017 was a later and cooler year in the Yarra Valley. The cold temperatures that persisted through Spring slowed fruit development, while January and February brought perfect ripening conditions, with temperatures in the mid to high 20’s, and cool nights aiding retention of acid and fine flavour development.
Made from the original vines, planted in 1983, this has to be one of the chardonnay bargains of the year! It’s refined and fascinatingly complex. Restrained lemon, hazelnut, honey and mixed citrus nuances blossom in the glass. It’s superfine and light on its feet. Dec/Jan 2020 Issue
Gourmet Traveller Wine, Huon Hooke, 95 points
This is up there as one of its finest Reserves to date. It manages to be flavoursome, yet restrained and superfine thanks in no small part to the beautiful line of natural acidity. It unfurls with white stone fruit, lemon high notes and the right amount of leesy complexity.
2020 Halliday Wine Companion, Jane Faulkner, 96 points
It comes from the same region as the Oakridge 864, but the stylistic difference is striking. The difference is due more to winemaker input than sub-regional influence. This is an “Australian Meursault”. The funky nutty-nougat nose is complex and powerful, and the palate is long, rich and delightfully creamy. 20 October 2019
Winewise, Lester Jesberg