Yarra Valley local Charles Smedley established the Yarra Junction Estate in 1999, redeveloping the entire site from scratch and carefully managing it to host finely-balanced premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Yarra Junction Estate Chardonnay displays a creamy mid-palate softness, boosted with citrus fruit flavouring and cashew brioche notes on the nose.
A gorgeously styled chardonnay offering white flesh nectarine, fig, vanilla, hazelnut and brioche characters on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate displaying lovely flow and persistency. It's creamy and supple yet properly structured by bright acidity, finishing superbly long and engaging. Drink: 2023 - 2030; Price: $60.00; Rating: 95 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Crafted by the team at Mandala Wines, this chardonnay has the classy and complex winemaking regularly seen at this winery. It's a prime example of the modern Australian Chardonnay style and is a wine where finesse takes the lead role. Melon and citrus wound up in understated oak with bright and tangy acidity drawing out a silky finish. Very well made and balanced, it beautifully shows the subtle side of chardonnay. Drink: 2021 - 2025; Price: $60.00; Rating: 93 Points; Wine Pilot
A taut and tensile mid-weighted Chardonnay of precision, thrust and intensity. Loaded with glazed quince and stone fruit accents, the juicy acid line melds effortlessly with the oak, providing thrilling length and a saline, pungent riff to a core of mineral energy. This would be even better if it went through full malolactic conversion, but a true exemplar of fine cool climate Chardonnay all the same. Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 93 Points; Ned Goodwin MW
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