Three legends are involved in the Domaine Epis and Epis and Williams wines, two of them in their own lifetime. They are long-term Essendon guru and former player Alec Epis, who owns the two quite separate vineyards and brands; Stuart Anderson, who directs winemaking, with Alec doing all the hard work; and the late Laurie Williams, the father of viticulture in the Macedon region and the man who established the Flynn and Williams vineyard in 1976. Alec Epis purchased that vineyard from Laurie Williams in '99, and as a mark of respect (and with Laurie's approval) continued to use his name, in conjunction with his own.
Colour is bright limpid straw with green tinges. The nose is fresh, ripe and bold while the palate is full ripe and balanced, showing good complexity. A feature of this wine is its tight lean mineral structure. It has been kept on lees for 12 months in traditional Burgundian manner in French oak barriques. It will continue to develop richness and flavour.
Good to check in on the Epis range again. Don’t try them often, but always enjoy. Now comes sealed with a screwcap for extra pleasure. It’s bold in flavour, but tight with acidity; two wonderful things when it comes to Chardonnay. Stonefruit, citrus, honey oatmeal, cool fresh mint and floral perfume. It has flesh and grip, a tangy and juicy core of acidity, a fine powdery texture, and remarkable intensity and persistence through the finish. A top-shelf release from Epis. Alcohol: 12.6%; Price: $55; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2027+; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
A tangy, savoury and finely balanced Cru Chablis expression of cool climate Australian chardonnay whose bright scents of grapefruit, peach and cinnamon are lifted by notes of honeysuckle and kaffir lime with creamy, buttery nougat-like undertones. Its juicy, citrusy and melon-like core of fruit extends over a lemon-pith like texture, tapering towards a bracing and refreshing acidity. There’s a nervy tension about this wine, which becomes more mineral with aeration. Drink: 2022 to 2025+; Rating: 95 Points; Jeremy Oliver; Australian Wine Annual
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