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Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2015
Wellington Martinborough
Available in cases of 6
Craighall is widely considered to be a New Zealand flagship site with a big reputation for peerless quality fruit. An ultra fine expression of Chardonnay which may be likened to a New Zealand Grand Cru, planted to the tiny Mendoza clone, hand picked off thirty year old vines and treated to traditional old world winemaking techniques. Flawlessly balanced with vigorous palate and nose, vibrant minerality and a long, seamlessly layered finish.
$5299each
$635DOZEN
EACH
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Vinified predominantly from fruit grown to very low yielding Mendoza clones, planted ton the neighbouring Craighall property over twenty years ago. Hand picked grapes are whole bunch pressed through a Willmes membrane, indigenous yeasts initiate ferment of the freshly pressed, unsettled juices, at temperatures of 15°C to 20°C, in a combination of seasoned and new Burgundian oak barriques. These wild yeasts slow the onset and duration of ferments, achieving a textural, multi faceted wine. Lees stirring is employed to enhance complexity and vinosity, some components are treated to malolactic, ferments are arrested as the perfect balance is reached, followed by ageing on gross lees for a year. Alcohol 13.5%
 
Bright, light straw colour. Aromas of nectarine, white peach and delicate grapefruit blossom are full of promise even before the first sip. A very fine entry opens out to a silky, supple mid palate, a simply delicious spread of flavours and weight of fruit. Enticing, freshly baked, old fashioned apple pie scents, irresistible. A creamy, mealy character further fills out the perfectly balanced palate.
Bannockburn Chardonnay 2012
Bellarine
Available in cases of 6
Distinguished Langtons Classification. Bannockburn release a Chardonnay each year that accurately and faithfully reflects the merits of an exceptional terroir. This is far from easy, it is only achieved through dedication and resolve. The classic Bannockburn seashell characters are all her in good measure, as well as some interesting ginger and lemongrass, creme brulee, struck matchstick, roasted nuts and mealy influences, all beautifully integrated. Wonderful persistence and structure, the wine goes on and on, a lovely, lengthy, textural finish.
$4599each
$551DOZEN
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Bannockburn manage some of the finest Chardonnay vines in Australia, dry grown and over thirty years of age. Techniques employed to vinify the superlative fruit follow the traditions of Burgundy, everything is done with thought and care, never compromising on quality. Organic practices and extended maceration before a fastidious barrel selection achieve a wine that's exciting and complex. Parcels of dry grown fruit are whole bunch pressed, without any settling or additions, into a mix of barriques, puncheons and fermenters, vinified through the action of wild indigenous yeasts and rested for two years on sedimentery lees. Structured and powerful, rich with Burgundy styled, soil derived crustacea characters.
 
Pale straw green hues. Complex nose displaying chalky minerality, almond meal, grapefruit pith and a creamy biscuit character derived from extended lees contact. The palate is very long with a lovely texture and weight. A hint of creaminess from some malo-lactic involvement. The palate is full without being broad, tight without being austere.
Barwang Tumbarumba 842 Chardonnay 2013
Tumbarumba
Available in cases of 6
McWilliams have long been sourcing fruit from Tumbarumba for some of their most memorable vintages. It has taken many years of devoted viticulture and dedication to the land before arriving at 842 Chardonnay. This prolific award winner is the flagship white from Tumbarumba's highest plantings, crafted from fruit grown at an altitude of 842 metres. The driving inspiration for the team is to create a truly cool climate, elegant style of Chardonnay which offers engaging complexity while remaining true to the expression of Tumbarumba's lofty terroir.
$5999each
$719DOZEN
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The most precious blocks of estate grown Chardonnay, planted to elevated east facing vineyards are hand picked and whole bunch pressed. Parcels are settled on full grape solids and inoculated to a combination of wild indigenous and winery yeast. Components are treated to an individual vinification in a high proportion of new French oak barriques. A course of lees stirring batonnage builds luxurious texture, palate richness and length. A total of nine months in barrel without any malolactic preserves and retains the wonderfully crisp, slatey acidity of Tumbarumba Chardonnay. Upon completion, the best barrels are treated to a strict cull to arrive at the final assemblage. Alcohol 13.0%
 
Straw yellow hues. Intense and complex aromas of golden peach, ripe figs and melon honeydew, all supported by toasty cashew nut and biscuit notes. A powerful wine with great fruit intensity matched by creamy rich textures and perfect acidity. Ripe stone fruit flavours, a pure line of grapefruit acidity that drives the wine to fantastic depth and length, an incredibly long, fresh and vibrant finish.
Currently out of stock
Bass Phillip Estate Chardonnay 2013
Gippsland
The tranquil pasturelands of Gippsland share an affinity for Chardonnay with the timeless terroirs of La Bourgogne. Bass Phillip pioneered viticulture here, introducing the noblest of white grape in the 1980s. Phillip Jones maintains strictly controlled yields on his fastidiously husbanded Leongatha property, a costly regimen of pruning which permits less than a tonne and a half of fruit to the acre. The reward comes in the form of a buttery Montrachet style, brimming with grapefruits, bracing with crystal minerality and framed by a veneer of polished golden oak.
$6499each
$779DOZEN
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Renowned for its auspicious beef grazing and dairy farming, Gippsland was established to viticulture in 1979 when Phillip Jones planted his first vines on the Bass Phillip property at Leongatha. A confluence of deep mineral rich soils, cooler climes with higher humidity, deliver harvests of Chardonnay with intensely complex flavours, firm natural acidity and refined minerality. Fruit is all hand picked and treated to an extravagant regimen of Burgundian vinification techniques, lees stirring battonage and extended maturations in French coopered oak.
 
Straw yellow hues. Floral bouquet, melons and citrus, nutty cashew characters, hawthorn and lemon notes. Soft textures, persistent lemon citrus and tropical flavours, a palate of sound structure, refined minerality and fruity acidity, supported by a length of newly planed, savoury oak. A Chardonnay of attractive ripeness and underlying richness.
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Bindi Composition Chardonnay 2010
Macedon
Sourced from vines planted in 1988 to quartz alluvial and volcanic soils on the lower slopes of Bindi. A beautifully fine and flavoursome wine, Composition can characterized by its fragrant notes of orange blossom, nectarine stone, spice and subtle nuttiness over a vibrant, tight and lengthy palate highlighted by clean acidity, wonderful texture and superb length. The site is special, increasingly low impact, organic outcomes are implemented, production varies from 300 to 600 dozen each vintage.
$4499each
$539DOZEN
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Composition Chardonnay is grown to a 1½ hectare plot. Fastidious small vineyard management regimes are employed, hand pruning, frequent passes, at least ten for each vine, vertical shoot positioned canopies and hand harvesting. Composition is fermented in a selection of new and seasoned French oak barrels, some are inoculated with cultured yeast, others are vinified without any addition of yeasts. The fermented wine is lees stirred every week over winter and treated to a quarter of malolactic conversion. The wine is racked around eight months after vintage and returned to barrel for a further three months before bottling. Composition spends just under eleven months in barrel, ten on sedimentery lees.
 
Light straw gold colour. The nose is fine and quite complex, floral and gently spiced with a delicious mealy, pulp mineral Chardonnay fragrance. An intense, mineral wine fully ripe but lean, taught and intense with savory, creamy elements. The fruit complexities range through white peaches and nectarine, lemons, grapefruit and nashi pear. The palate is fresh and intense, walking the line of mouth filling textures combined with delicacy and finesse.
Brokenwood Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
Beechworth
Available in cases of 6
It was the compelling efforts of the artisanal Giaconda which placed Beechworth on the map for world class Chardonnay. Indigo Vineyard is a close neighbour, younger in age and slightly different in terms of aspect and clime, it yields a quality of Chardonnay which lends itself to a more modern style of winemaking. A measure of old world practices are nevertheless employed, wild ferments in new French oak and a judicious term of age, the objective is to encourage fruit to unlock its potential, while retaining natural eloquence and sense of place.
$3999each
$479DOZEN
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It was not until a decade of red wine vintages had passed before the Brokenwood team turned their hands to varietal whites. Now representing a major part of Brokenwood's production every year, good sites further afield have been husbanded for the construct of the bigger boned, more solidly structured styles of white wine not easily realized from within Hunter Valley. Different soils and aspect, clones and age of vines at Indigo, paint a picture of a region which demands to express itself. Parcels of Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay are whole bunch pressed into a high proportion of new French oak barrels from choice cooperages, for a wild, indigenous yeast vinification and term of maturation. Alcohol 12.5%
 
Vibrant yellow green hues. Pear and citrus notes over a background of mealy oak, wild ferment edges of struck flint. Tannin and French oak sweetness on the finely textured palate, bright citrus flavours and luscious tropical acidity, a little fuller with flavour towards the back and middle, finishing clean and lingering on a length of grapefruit nougat notes.
Brokenwood Latara Vineyard Semillon 2009
Hunter Valley
Available in cases of 6
Brokenwood have been calling on harvests from the Latara property since 1983, for the construct of a single vineyard Semillon in the tradition of Australia's most enduring white wine style. The auspicious clay loam soils at Latara yield a quality of fruit which demands early bottling, completely unwooded and unoaked, to capture the understated opulence of Hunter Valley Semillon as it evolves into a stately white wine of remarkable richness and depth. The Semillon of choice to accompany or flounder aux amandes or farced and truffled quail.
$4299each
$515DOZEN
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The Latara property was employed as a landing strip before being turned over to viticulture. It is now source to one of Hunter Valley's most resplendent and regal vintages of Semillon. Grapes are all hand picked, fruit is crushed, chilled and immediately pressed. Batches are inoculated to neutral yeasts for a prompt vinification and early bottling, just a few weeks after harvest in May, completely unwooded and unoaked. Alcohol 11.0%
 
Straw coloured, lovely green hues. Lifted cut hay and citrus rind characters, almonds, chalkiness and dried fruits. Long palate flavours and refined acidity, vanillin and nougat flavours, lemongrass and apple tart over a background of wonderfully drying, toasty complexity. A match to crisp skin poultry, Milanese recipes or Vietnamese fare.
Brookland Valley Estate Chardonnay 2015
Margaret River
Available by the dozen
Brookland Valley have consistently led the way with innovation, quality and style. Intensely flavoured Chardonnay grapes are grown to a sunny ridge on an ancient landform, through which a small brook famously known as Wilyabrup, flows to the nearby sea. Brookland Valley wines are considered regional benchmarks, achieving the success that viticulturalists and winemakers dream of. The most superior parcels of estate grown Chardonnay are treated to wild yeast inoculation, luxurious barrel ferments and extended maturation.
$3799each
$455DOZEN
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The spectacular Brookland Valley property, set against a gently undulating landscape, offers protection from the wind and warmth to the vines, a perfect viticultural microclimate. The estate was founded in the 1980s when Malcolm and Quentin Jones acquired the ancient dairy property with the intention of making cheese. Today, vineyard management built on principles of sustainability of viticulture that's reliant on a respect for the environment and love of the land, rewards Brookland Valley with wines of quality and elegance. Grapes are hand picked and whole bunch pressed into French oak barriques, for a wild, indigenous yeast fermentation, full malolactic and several months battonage lees stirring. Alcohol 13.5%
 
Pale straw hue. White peach and walnut bouquet, complexed by apples and honey dew over subtle oak. A wine of controlled power and finesse, nectarine and white peach flavours, ginger and lemon citrus are completed by hazelnut and brioche notes derived from barrel ferments. A wonderfully creamy texture before a lingering finish with excellent length of flavour.
By Farr Chardonnay 2015
Geelong
Available in cases of 6
An extremely limited release every year, crafted from grapes picked off the same property which makes the illustrious Sangreal Pinot Noir, a highly mineral site for the growing of Chardonnay in the style of Chablis. By Farr is a profound expression of uniqueness in terroir. A Victorian flagship Chardonnay, exhibiting exquisite balance between fruit freshness and power, texture and minerality. A regimen of lees stirring and full malolactic, further contribute to the understated richness of an immensely engaging white wine.
$6499each
$779DOZEN
EACH
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Gary Farr established Chardonnay vines on his house block at Bannockburn in 1994. The quality of fruit, picked off a mix of Dijon clones and Penfolds 58, grown to a northerly slope of rich, friable red loam over limestone soils, clearly shows through in the finished wine. Grapes are all hand picked, inspected for health and whole bunch pressed, solids are collected and chilled before filling to a mix of seasoned and new French oak barrels. A naturally occuring wild fermentation, initiated by ambient wild yeasts, at cooler temperatures is followed by a course of lees stirring and the completion of malolactic. Barrels are racked, fined and lightly filtered for botling, normally at eleven months after vintage.
 
Light straw green hues. Varietal stonefruit and melon nose, complexed by nutty oak and spice notes. Generously layered palate showing tinned peaches and nectarine, preserved lemon and creamy autolysis. A wine of power and length, framed by toasty, richly textural yet mineral and refined, a seemingly endless finish.
Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2015
Margaret River
Available by the dozen
Margaret River has earned a stellar international reputation for the most statuesque and refined Chardonnay. After decades of the most exacting standards in viticulture, Cape Mentelle is richly endowed with a peerless inventory of the most salubrious sites in the most excellent health, vines which yield harvests of Chardonnay grapes bursting with intense flavours. The Cape Mentelle style draws inspiration from traditional methods to produce a wine displaying aromatic complexity over a finely textured mouthfeel and long, clean finish.
$3499each
$419DOZEN
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Fruit is predominantly sourced from Cape Mentelle’s Chapman Brook Vineyard in the cooler south of Margaret River. Vines are cane pruned and vertical shoot positioned, the majority are Mendoza GinGin clone, which has proven to be particularly successful in Margaret River. Hand picked bunches are elevated to the Bucher membrane press and settled overnight. The next day, juices are racked into a high proportion of new, Burgundy coopered French oak barriques for vinification through the action of wild and added yeasts. The finished wine is matured nine months while being treated to a weekly top up and lees battonage. Only the best barrels are considered for the final wine.
 
Pale straw with lime hues. Grapefruit, pear and lime combine with lifted citrus and jasmine blossom along with fresh brioche. Citrus rind and grapefuit lead the palate to an overall fine yet textural journey. A distinctive minerally line is apparent with focussed refreshing acidity. Faint nuances of soft nougat and cashews add to what is a harmonious balance. Match with barramundi and white asparagus.
Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe Sauvignon Semillon 2011
Margaret
Available in cases of 6
Wallcliffe is a tiny production wine from a unique parcel of soil in the middle of the Margaret River region. The wine represents the vagaries of climate, individuality of site, the complimentary characters of the two varieties and a restrained yet evocative winemaking approach. Wallcliffe is crafted to evolve and to develop different characters and complexity. Treat Wallcliffe to scallops or sticky belly of pork.
$3999each
$479DOZEN
EACH
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Cape Mentelle enjoy access to some of the Margaret River's most elite vineyard sites, and have long been one of the region's most ardent formulators of classy white wines. The Wallcliffe Vineyard was established on a ridge of free draining lateritic gravel between 1970 and 1972. Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon were grafted onto shiraz vines in the early 1980s and today produce the distinctive fruit. Wallcliffe is a wine that creates itself in the vineyard. Plainly fermenting the different plots individually in French oak barriques helps to build and define individual characters. A selection of the best barrels are then blended to make a wine which best reflects the characters of the season and the vineyard. Alcohol 13.0%
 
Aromas of lemongrass, citrus blossom, lychee, coriander and wet slate. The fresh citrus fruit characters of the nose transfer seamlessly to the palate, with some white fleshed nectarine and subtle smoke characters also evident. The palate is tight and focused complementing the creamy texture derived from wild yeast barrel fermentation and leads to long bright and expressive finish.
Currently out of stock
Cardinham Riesling 2003
Clare Valley
Best Riesling in the World, Best Australia New Zealand Riesling & Best Museum Class Riesling Canberra International Riesling Challenge. From grapes grown to vines which were the source of Wolf Blass most memorable Rieslings. An exclusively estate grown wine, in the dry Clare Valley style, almost untouched by the winemaker throughout the vinification process.
$3499each
$419DOZEN
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Early years saw the Stanley Flat region of Clare Valley utilised as market gardens due to fertile alluvial soils. This naturally progressed into fruit production and ultimately grapes. Many vineyards still harbour the equipment of years gone by and occasionally significant landmarks in the form of drying racks and sorting sheds stand out in the landscape. The true treasures of the region are vines that have lasted the changes and challenges of nature and agriculture. Small pockets of vineyards and orchards dating back as far as the 1860s are still in production today. Riesling grapes are harvested and crushed followed by inoculation with select yeasts before completion of temperature fermention in tank. Alcohol 11.7%
 
A pale, light straw green in colour. A complex, alluring bouquet with a mix of enticing citrus, floral and apple blossom aromas. Fresh and lively palate, excellent acid line and lingering flavours. Cardinham is exquisite for its substantive lemon and lime palate, luxurious light chalky character and exceptional balance. An exeplary finish, long, clean and lingering finish.
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