99 Points - Stuart McCloskey “For those seeking unadulterated, viscous pleasure. The bouquet provides a heady mix of yellow plum, honey, buttered citrus, orange marmalade, chalk and limestone. The palate is full-bodied, waxy, tincture-like in its viscosity – incredibly gratifying. Powerful with enough acidity to provide the perfect balance. The flavours keep building (as does the weight). The buttered citrus and essence of lemon thyme leaves you salivating. There’s a cracking dollop of spice – the flavours keep coming – they fan-out gloriously. This is an intense experience and quite honestly one of the best ‘new’ Chardonnays I have sampled in several years. Genuinely remarkable and shows the power of Bannockburn fruit perfectly. A ‘must have’ wine for those seeking the ultimate in sensation. Do not overchill. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Drink now to 2026+. Side note; this could age for decades, but I cannot see this improving… A one off, sadly.”
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.
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 is produced by the coastal areas and this means that a wide range of wines can be made, from stunningly complex Chardonnay and delicate Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley, to savoury and rich Shiraz from Heathcote and iconic fortified wines from Rutherglen.
Victoria is fast becoming one of our favourite regions with many new producers joining us from here, including Shadowfax, Mulline, and Eastern Peake.
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