This chardonnay and its siblings in the cellar have flown under the radar for too long, and it’s only a short matter of time before this brand goes ballistic. It’s just starting to get the recognition it deserves, after having only been around a few years, from humble vigneron beginnings. The owner/winemaker’s early-life crisis took him from a completely different career, to here, where his passion was just too strong to ignore. Cool climate wine has been in his dreams for his whole life, and he’s now solidifying those dreams by making the wines from them. You can taste the conviction in his wines.
His 2015 chardonnay just got two 95 point ratings, and although it’s early days 2017 is fast being called one of the best vintages in recent times, including ’15 (which was also considered excellent). So think of this as a futures stock, or an en primeur release. It doesn’t mean it’s not a wonderful wine now, but give it a couple of years in bottle and it’ll be even better. Oak is a background influence in his winemaking, and the fruit shines, as does texture, softness and vibrancy. Elderflower, lemon pith, oatmeal and some toastiness - these are just four of a cavalcade of flavours you can name as the wine opens and warms up in the glass. As with all good chardonnay, it’s the evolution of flavour that you can see in the glass that says it’s got a good life ahead. As do you, especially if this wine’s in it.
Black Market deals are only made possible if we don’t reveal the maker’s brand on site. The wines are the genuine article, absolutely no cleanskins or fake brands, just dangerously good value. You won’t find out what it is until it hits your doorstep, but you won’t regret it. Just keep it on the down low.
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Yarra Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Chardonnay
- Serving Temp.
With a history spanning over 175 years, there's no doubt that Yarra Valley is one of Australia's most celebrated cool climate wine regions. Victoria's first wine growing district and today home to over 80 wineries specialising in Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and some of our country's best sparkling wines. With stunning hillside, lush greenery, vast space and an enviable climate - it's no wonder that medals, trophies and coveted points are plentiful here.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Chicken and sesame salad
- 1 barbecued chicken
- 120g baby spinach, washed, dried
- 1 large carrot, peeled, thinly sliced
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, cut into thirds
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
- 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- Remove flesh from chicken. Shred chicken. Place into a bowl. Add spinach, carrot and onions.
- Half-fill a frying pan with water. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Add asparagus. Cook until just tender. Drain. Refresh under cold water.
- Make dressing Whisk together orange juice, tahini, and salt and pepper.
- Add asparagus and dressing to chicken mixture. Toss to combine. Spoon into bowls. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve.
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