JAMES HALLIDAY’S WOW FACTOR WHITES
“A tight acid line drives this persuasively and along for the ride lemon-lime, white stone fruit, florals (a distinct lavender note), plus its fair share of toasty sweet oak. Linear and lithe, it finishes long with a savoury end.” 94/100 Points. Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion, 1 September, 2019
A region that is just too big to generalise about. The difference between Upper and Lower Yarra can be the ability to ripen some grapes or not. Great wines are made in the Yarra but it is best to know the producers.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.