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The fruit for this wine came from five different vineyards in the Yarra Valley: Sexton, Tarraford, Arthurs Creek, Quarry Ridge and Primavera. A moderate year but with an accelerated final stage to ripening due to some relatively warm nights. Fruit flavours are very much in the primary zone. Small crops with intense flavours, solid natural acidity - this hand picked wine is selected from parcels from our estate vineyards. Lightly whole bunch pressed; Indigenous fermentation in new and seasoned French Barriques and puncheons.

Pale gold in the glass. Freshly cut white peach aromas, orange zest, grapefruit pith and hints of fresh ginger with notes of candle wax. On the palate, stone fruit, grapefruit and star anise come together in a wine that is tight and crisp initially, but opens into a long fine texture with lingering touches of spice. 

Wild-fermented in new and used French barriques, matured for 9 months. White peach blossom is first out of the blocks on the bouquet and the palate alike, then it gets interesting as other white fruits shimmy with grapefruit, almond kernel and cashew also craving attention. It is a Chardonnay that floats airily over, not in, the glass. Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

 

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