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.
This Chardonnay is developing some consistency with style and flavours. Nice minerals flavours with minimum oak used in fermentation. Superb balance and lovely smart Chardonnay fruit. The colours and flavours are a little advanced for its age but that only serves to make this wines highly defined wine of style.
2017 Review: 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
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