95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "From a high density planting of chardonnay on an exposed cote at Geelong. It’s so settled and so pure. It pleases from the outset and all the way along the line but it really sparks up as it passes through the finish. Grapefruit, white peach, lime spider and a mass of crackly spice notes. It’s not a showy wine, it has no need to be, but it’s not low key either. It’s like old money in that sense; it’s not gaudy but it still tastes rich."
Winemaker: "The fruit is hand-picked then whole-bunch pressed in the winery. All the solids are collected and chilled before being put to barrel, which are 35 per cent new French oak. A natural fermentation will occur at cool temperatures over the next one to two months, and then a small amount of stirring helps start malolactic fermentation. The wine is then racked, fined and lightly filtered before bottling 11 months after picking. A complete chardonnay.
The wine has an amazing smoothness and calmness that stretches the length of the palate, surrounded with textured fruit and mineral elements. We have been playing with the fruit from these vineyards for more than 8 years, fine tuning the style of wine that these vineyards are producing. What a result once it all came together."
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
By Farr, Father and son team Gary and Nick Farr have gained reputation for some of the best wines in Australia (if not the world) and it is not hard to see why. Gary Farr was given the distinguished title of “maker of Australia’s best pinot” by legendary wine connoisseur Len Evans, with Gary’s experience gained working as winemaker in wineries such as the famous Domain Dujac in Burgundy as well as Cristom Vineyards in Oregon.
However, Gary’s son Nick, is also gaining his own reputation and it is important to note that both generations have very different winemaking styles for the two lines: ‘By Farr’ headed up by Gary and ‘Farr Rising’ by Nick. Despite working side-by-side and often as a team, they are not afraid to go head-to-head when opinions differ.
Wines from By Farr and Farr Rising are extremely sought after, capturing the praise and acclaim of critics and wine lovers both in Australia and overseas. Any releases by the Farr boys are eagerly anticipated, and with their small quantities of single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that rank with Australia's best, it is not hard to see why these fantastic wines are so popular and vintages sell out so quickly.
Despite being the second smallest state in Australia, Victoria is home to over 600 wineries, more than any other wine-producing state. However, Victoria does not produce the most wine, as rather than producing mass quantities of cheaper wine, its wineries tend to be smaller and more boutique in style. The cool climate here produced by the coastal areas means that a wide range of wines can be made, from stunningly complex Chardonnay’s and delicate Pinot Noirs in the Yarra Yarra Valley, to savoury and rich Shiraz from Heathcote and iconic fortified wines from Rutherglen.
Our favourite producers from the Victoria region include By Farr and from the Heathcote area, Wild Duck Creek.
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