Yabby Lake Vineyard was established by the Kirby family in 1998, in Tuerong, which is located in the northern part of the peninsula. Over the past decade, the vineyard has built a reputation for single vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir of great purity and character. Led by winemaker Tom Carson, the philosophy is to craft wines that speak of site and the season in which they were grown. It’s the attention and care in the vineyard that is most critical to allowing this expression.
This chardonnay is a blend of P58 clone and Mendoza clone, hand selected from three vineyard blocks on the property. This wine reflects our philosophy at Yabby Lake - to craft wines that reflect the spirit of the season and vineyard. The fruit was handpicked, with each block handled separately in the winery to ensure each parcel could reach its potential. The fruit was whole bunch pressed into tight grain French oak barriques (10% new). All wild ferment.
A distinguished clonal mix from Tuerong, crushed, pressed,, matured in French puncheons (20% new), matured on lees for 11 months. Having been in a sold out sign for several months before this wine came onto the market, the return this offers consumers must have been welcomed by all concerned. This isn't a sarcastic or backhanded swipe, far from it. It's a lovely chardonnay, white-fleshed stone fruit and grapefruity acidity are totally synergistic, the palate long and balanced, the 20% new oak barely perceptible. Drink by: 2029; Price: $45.00; Date Tasted: March 2018; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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