In Dreams Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2014
The project of Nina Stocker and Callie Jemmeson, who collectively have worked in the Yarra Valley, Barolo, Rhone Valley, California, Alentejo, Central Otago and elsewhere. So they should know their way around a winery. Grapes for the label – a pinot noir and this chardonnay – are mainly sourced from the Upper Yarra.
2014 was a great vintage for Chardonnay in the Yarra Valley. Fruit was sourced from three low yielding, premium quality vineyards. The vineyards are predominantly from the upper Yarra Valley due to the cooler micro climate that helps us capture the elegance and finesse of this noble variety. We are focused on allowing the vineyards to express themselves in the resulting wines using traditional winemaking techniques such as small batch fermentation, wild yeast and the delicate use of French oak.
The In Dreams 2014 Chardonnay was whole bunch pressed to predominantly 2-5 year old French oak barriques where it underwent fermentation. The wine is elegant, gentle, and approachable, with mouth-wateringly creamy flavours of lemon curd and jasmine are cradled by lightly toasted oak. A beautifully fruity, textured and mouth filling chardonnay, it’s masterfully constructed and incredibly more-ish.
Special Value Star - James Halliday; Wine Companion
Its Pinot Noir sibling may not have had enough intensity, but no such issues raise their head here. This is a marvellous expression of Yarra Valley Chardonnay, packed with grapefruit and white peach on its bouquet and very long palate, the barrel fermented oak inputs just so. It will probably be at its best over the next 5 years, for has been fast out of the blocks. Screwcap; Drink To: 2020; Price: $23.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
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