2020 Fire Gully

We welcome the return of one of our most popular releases from the Pierro team. Save for Eileen Hardy Chardonnay, this is our fastest sell-out (it’s that good)…

96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Another fabulous release from the Pierro team. The bouquet is taut, super-clean, wonderfully delineated with scents of citrus lemon, lemon curd, orange blossom and a judicious stroke of minerals. As you would expect, the palate is perfectly balanced and wonderfully poised. Given its tender age – it’s already showing a degree of complexity which runs from citrus lemon, saline, flint, the faintest soupçon of lime to orange zest and fresh ginger. Texturally, it’s on point and belies a wine of this value – there’s real depth and substance which will broaden over the next 3-6 years. Like the bouquet - this is taut and wonderfully fresh. Waves of energy and bucketloads of citrus saline which is a joy (very Margaret River). This should be filed under ‘a stonking bargain.’ Delicious in every sense. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware which helps given its age. Decant for 20 mins or so and do not overchill…”

 

About Fire Gully

We have gained over 400+ new customers since the previous launch and feel a little background is necessary.  Essentially, the wine is made by the super-talented Pierro team almost entirely to satisfy their own quenchable needs. Quite understandable when you try it for yourself…

Wilyabrup is the special location which produces some of Australia’s most sublime wines, further adding to the excitement and more importantly accentuates the superb value.

The wine is delicately made with all bunches being hand-picked. The fruit is gently cold pressed and placed into mature French oak for 10 months to provide added complexity. Pierro’s elegant hallmark is written all over this wine.

 

"Another fabulous release from the Pierro team... This should be filed under ‘a stonking bargain.’ Delicious in every sense."

Fire Gully Chardonnay 2020

£19.95 per bottle

 
 

Pierro Chardonnay 2019

£41.95 per bottle

98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “ ‘What’s the difference?’ I hear you say. Actually, and if you take the time, rather a lot. However, in a sniff test, I would love to see the Fire Gully served blind alongside the Pierro as the similarities are aligned, or are they? The immediate citrus impact and taut freshness brings the two wines together however, and with a little of one’s own poise, the Pierro provides multiple layers of depth which its sibling lacks. Each note is ramped-up – from the lemon (more confit than citrus), I detect sage, ripe pear, camomile, there’s a profusion of white flowers, the minerals feel charged and deep set. Citrus falls to a savouriness – the aromatics linger for minutes. This is a very beautiful Chardonnay and world-class… The palate exudes a gracefulness – the texture and mouthfeel is like silk. Again, confit lemon, quartz, slate, a little splash of saline with white pepper after a minute. Despite its finesse, the flavour builds rather than falls away. This is extraordinary. This has a personality all of its own. You can tell the winemakers all help to shape the wine along with the Margaret River terroir. Wonderful energy albeit at its own pace – this isn’t rushing for anybody. Effortless and beguiling and one of the best 2019 Margaret River Chardonnays on the market. Do not overchill. Decant for 30-minutes. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware. Drink now to 2031+.”

 
 

Kumeu Village Chardonnay 2020

£13.75 per bottle

JancisRobinson.com "Surprisingly rich nose. Fine, appetising, crisp palate with just a little chewiness still evident at this point. There's a suggestion of sweet grapefruit juice. Really clean, fresh and long."

Bob Campbell - MW "The first vintage of Village Chardonnay I tasted was from the 2002 vintage and it has been my “house Chardonnay” ever since."

 
 

Vidal Reserve Chardonnay
2018

£13.55 per bottle

Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Chardonnay 2019

£15.50 per bottle

 

Soumah d'Soumah Chardonnay 2019

£15.95 per bottle

Just 55 bottles remain with nearly 80% sold

Topper's Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2014

£17.95 per bottle
Was £22.95

96++ -97 Points-Stuart McCloskey "All-in-all, exquisitely balanced, refined and full of charm." 

 

Topper's Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015

£17.95 per bottle
Was £22.95

 

Domaine Naturaliste Floris Chardonnay 2019

£18.95 per bottle

Only 24 bottles remain with nearly 90% sold

 
 
 

Oakridge Wines Over The Shoulder Chardonnay 2017

£19.50 per bottle

95 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Pour and allow a few minutes before tucking into the glorious scents of smoked flint, grapefruit, citrus and crisp, green apple. The palate is bursting with stone fruits, green apple, flint, grapefruit, saline and fresh fennel – spicy too. Texturally, there’s grip and a real mid-palate chew which adds to the wine’s complexity. The acid profile is pitch perfect, it is tight and controlled. It feels polished and refined, the length is incredible for a wine of this value. There’s bags of life left in it as it is so bright and vigorous. I love the long, phenolic grip. Incredibly satisfying and comes highly recommended. Drink now to 2025. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

 
 

Soumah Single Vineyard Upper Ngumby Chardonnay 2018

£19.95 per bottle

96+ Points-Stuart McCloskey "Full of drive, vigour and energy – lovely freshness and very moreish."

Soumah Single
Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay 2018

£19.95 per bottle

96 Points - Stuart McCloskey "This is a chardonnay on full parade, just bumptious and proud to be."

 

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

£17.95 per bottle

Just 12 bottles remain

 
 
 
 

Glaetzer-Dixon Nouveau Chardonnay 2019

£23.50 per bottle

97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The bouquet is far from reserved and provides a heady and powerful mix of beeswax, oak, soaked oatmeal, fresh vanilla pod, peach and a wonderful floral kick. Freshness arrives in the form of lemon (more verbena than zest). The palate is medium to full-bodied, expansive and not overworked – There’s a natural flow and rhythm from start to finish. The palate is perfectly balanced with a penetrating line of acidity running through the centre.  The texture is silken and flavours ripe, which translates to immediate enjoyment. Stone fruits wash across the palate (nectarine / peach) lifted by minerals and citrus - the way the flavours fan out on the finish is such a joy. The savoury style adds a further level of complexity… Outstanding. Drink now to 2025. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

 
 

Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2019

£23.75 per bottle

Customer Review "This is seriously impressive given the fact that this is the Shadowfax entry level offering. Elegant and refined with a gorgeous creamy texture. What more can you ask for from a Chardonnay if only Burgundy could offer entry level wines of this quality."

Oakridge Wines Vineyard Series Willowlake Chardonnay 2017

£24.95 per bottle

97 Points - Stuart McCloskey "The bouquet is a dream of cool climate heaven... Precise, fine, very memorable and difficult to find fault at this price level. 

 

 

Coulter Wines C1 Chardonnay Adelaide Hills 2019

£24.95 per bottle

97+ – 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “What an explosive and heavenly bouquet filled with candied peel, citrus oil, sea spray, fennel seed and confit lemons. The sweet and alluring scent of jasmine creeps in with more aeration. Take a sip, swallow, sit back and enjoy the complexity. The palate feel is simply glorious, expansive, richly textured, powerful (without being heavy), multi-layered and almost endless. Crystal-like definition kicks in and provides structural finesse along with mouth cleansing acidity (more confit lemon than searing grip). There’s pristine detail on show and the finish goes on for many minutes.  Again, we finish with sea spray, confit lemon and mineralité. In summary, this is perfectly balanced, a joy to drink today but has the structure to evolve for another 6-8 years and delivers waves of textural finesse. Very, very, very good indeed. Do not overchill. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware”.

 
 

Pegasus Bay Chardonnay 2017

£25.95 per bottle

97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Reductive at first but diminishes with a little aeration. I’ll start with my conclusion; overall a Chardonnay which is flamboyant, generous and thoroughly moreish, which will please those who are seeking a fuller style of wine. The value is off the charts – I believe most would be happy to pay north of thirty-pounds. With aeration (20 minutes or so) the wine unfurls with notes of creamed cashew, lemongrass, freshly juiced lemons, spice and wet, hot stones. Layer-upon-layer of fruit washes across your palate. Wonderful creamy richness juxtaposed with grip and acidity. Oodles of finesse with a finish which is endless. A real showstopper with the quality and structure to age gracefully over the next decade. A WOW for the money. Incredible value. Served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

 
 

Villa Maria Keltern Chardonnay 2018

£27.95 per bottle

97 points - Sam Kim 

 

Nocturne Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

£27.95 per bottle

97 Points - James Halliday

Just 23 bottles remain 

 

House of Cards The Royals Chardonnay 2019

£28.50 per bottle

97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Reductive at first but diminishes with a little aeration. I’ll start with my conclusion; overall a Chardonnay which is flamboyant, generous and thoroughly moreish, which will please those who are seeking a fuller style of wine. The value is off the charts – I believe most would be happy to pay north of thirty-pounds. With aeration (20 minutes or so) the wine unfurls with notes of creamed cashew, lemongrass, freshly juiced lemons, spice and wet, hot stones. Layer-upon-layer of fruit washes across your palate. Wonderful creamy richness juxtaposed with grip and acidity. Oodles of finesse with a finish which is endless. A real showstopper with the quality and structure to age gracefully over the next decade. A WOW for the money. Incredible value. Served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

 
 
 

JC's Own Sierra Nevada Foothills Chardonnay 2018

£27.50 per bottle

97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “A mere 552 bottles produced which, and save for our small offering, the remainder of his barrel is sold out. The bouquet is fascinating and I am scratching my head to pinpoint the exact aromatics (given the kaleidoscopic range on display). Citrus, yuzu, salt / saline, minerals fall into breathtaking jasmine. Vivid, immaculate and so, so pure… As planned, there is noticeable phenolic grip but the overriding texture glides on a sheet of silk. The flavours range from a delicate floralness, a little green apple, citrus peel, pangs of grapefruit, chalk and a lovely, warming sense of freshly grated ginger which lasts for minutes. The palate feel is outstanding, fresh and beautifully balanced. So vivid and full of energy… This beauty served with a large bowl of fresh west coast langoustine and lemon mayonnaise would be nirvana. Do not overchill. Drink from now to 2028. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

 
 
 

Ghost Rock Catherine Cuvée 2015

Was £32.50 per bottle

Weekend Special £29.95 per bottle

97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Of late, I have been sampling a few English sparkling wines. In particular, ones which have been left on the lees for an extended time and recently disgorged. It’s been a mixed bag with a few shockers and a few which I enjoyed however, and compared to this Tassie example, they pale into significance when you compare the flavour to price ratio. The bouquet is magnificent and leads you down a heady path of buttered poached apples and pears, classic brioche, buttered citrus, creamy macadamia, honey, tinges of beurre noisette, lemon thyme, and a yeasty autolysis character. All-in-all, the bouquet is sublime. The palate is mid-weight, there’s a lovely nutty-buttery richness followed by a beautiful line of citrus acidity. Poached orchard fruits aplenty macerated with honey and a little sweet spice. This is ripe, effortless and layered. The finish is wonderfully long and fans out beautifully to orange zest and nuts. Undoubtedly, this is on-par with many NV Grand Cuvées (two-three times the money). My room is filled with an intoxicating perfume of honey roasted nuts and sweet brioche. I believe it’s in its prime drinking window but will age for at least another 5-10 years… Served using Zalto Universal glassware (do not use a Champagne flute as it will stifle the bouquet and flavour).”

 

Little Reddie Lancefield Chardonnay 2019

£30.00 per bottle

98 Points - Stuart McCloskey "This is quite a remarkable Chardonnay and one which has just started its journey. I would love to see this served against, young Grand Cru Burgundy."

Little Reddie Bannockburn Chardonnay 2018

£32.50 per bottle

The first vintage and never to be repeated.  Truly a one off, vinous history...

Just 37 bottles remain 

 

Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay 2019

£31.50 per bottle

97+ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “This is a serious step up from Floris, as you would expect. I will be truthful and declare that all three bottles (since arriving in the UK last week) have been significantly more enjoyable than our sample bottle pre-Christmas 2020 (I will add that we purchased 360 bottles from our first sample!) At first, the bouquet provides a nostalgic twist of popcorn which dissipates with a little aeration. We move onto a nutty savouriness - toasty, a touch tropical (more caramelised). Savoury transitions to Yuzu and sea spray which in turn moves onto a delicate floral character. I detect a little bitter orange peel on the finish – I could be wrong? The flavours are built around perfect structure with everything being aligned and unforced. The fruit sides with citrus – lemon, Yuzu and lime with delicate oak spices providing a point of difference. The palate feel is luxurious, ripe but far from being overripe. There’s an honest purity to the feel and flavours. Citrus clean acidity and minerally fruit. Ambitious, but keeping one hand on the Margaret River style. That said, I am pleased to see a move away from some of the more ‘slender’ examples. Wonderfully bright, balanced and dances on the palate with mouth-watering acidity and a dusting of spices… Extremely long and will provide ten years of cellaring. This will be fascinating in five (note to keep a few cases back). Decant for 20-30 minutes. Do not overchill. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

96 Points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front "For those who got it right, it seems 2019 was a very good vintage in Margaret River for Chardonnay. Pierro got it right. Beautiful concentration and intensity. It’s slippery and glossy, but has delicious fine acid cutting through. I’m thinking lime and pear, nougat, and cougar-like poise and power. Sage and butter, pink grapefruit and spice. Finish is long and tight and offers gentle grip as it goes. Welcome to the pleasure zone. You have country and western here. Great Chardonnay."

17+ Points - Jancis Robinson "Very struck-match reduction on the nose. Then pure, saline, super-minerally palate entry with smoky passion-fruit flavours and medium body. Nothing remotely exaggerated here. Great chiselled, pristine Chardonnay. Already accessible in April 2021, I'd say. Persistent."

 

Dr Edge Chardonnay South 2019

£30.75 per bottle
Was £39.95

97-98 Points Stuart McCloskey "There’s beautiful weight to the wine and it cradles your palate with an admirable suspense. A very, very fine Chardonnay."

Deep Woods Reserve Chardonnay 2019

£33.95 per bottle

97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey - “A very stylish / highly accomplished wine. Super-neat and tidy. 

Just 16 bottles remain

 

Robert Oatley The Pennant
Margaret River Chardonnay 2019

£35.00 per bottle

97+ - 98 Points – Stuart McCloskey “There are some wines which look so sexy in a glass – the gloss and clarity is remarkable (perfect viscosity too). Wonderfully classical – the bouquet and palate flow to the same tune of yellow stone fruits, salty lemon, yuzu, there’s a distinct lemon sherbet-like feel, spring flowers, minerals and a creamy chalkiness. Medium-bodied and showing serious pedigree. Tightly wrapped, racy, balanced to perfection and almost perfect which is daft to declare for such a young wine. This screams Margaret River, and is a faultless example of a varietal Chardonnay. This is, in short, a truly spectacular wine and joins the list of epic ‘new’ releases from Australia. Drinking now to 2030+. Please keep a few bottles for ten years as this (I believe) will be its highpoint. Do not overchill and I advise to decant and serve using Zalto’s Bordeaux glassware.”

Just 14 bottles remain

 
 

Hoddles Creek Roadblock Chardonnay 2017

£35.95 per bottle

98 points - James Halliday "Planted on a east-facing terraced hill slope. It's quite certain the wine was barrel-fermented with a percentage of new French oak, but it's been soaked up by the fruit. It's an intricately polished wine, the fruit/oak/acid balance sheer perfection, its longevity impossible to guess."

Just 31 bottles remain

 

Chanin Wines Los Alamos Chardonnay 2018

£39.95 per bottle

98 Points - Stuart McCloskey "As they say in the trade, the flavours fan out like a peacock’s tail (and it is a bloody big tail). Simply, fabulous." 

Pooley Wines Cooinda Vale Chardonnay 2018

£40.95 per bottle

 

Pooley Wines Butcher's Hill Chardonnay 2018

£40.95 per bottle

 
 

Wantirna Estate Isabella Chardonnay 2019

£36.50 per bottle

98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Time in the glass is the great benefactor (mine was left for an hour) resulting in a bouquet that blossoms and comes alive with buttered lemon, citrus peel, quartz, salty sea spray and chalk – vibrant and captivating. The palate delivers wave after wave of seductive buttered citrus fruit underpinned with razor sharp acidity. The density and palate feel are truly remarkable for such a young wine. I fear you would miss the amplitude, sheen, depth and glossiness if poured straight from the fridge (word to the wise). Yet another suave, seamless and immensely pleasing wine which will only get better over the next 10+ years. For Burgundy purists or those seeking something special, but do not want to part with £100 – this is the one for you. Compelling drinking. Decant for an hour and serve using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

 

Varner Wines Amphitheater Block Chardonnay 2013

£42.95 per bottle

Varner Wines Home Block Chardonnay 2014

£42.95 per bottle

Varner Wines Amphitheater Block Chardonnay 2014

£42.95 per bottle

Chanin Wines Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2018

£45.50 per bottle

 

Chanin Wines Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2018

£47.50 per bottle

97++ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The bouquet is quite honestly beautiful and one which begs you to dive straight in. Supremely elegant, citrus (Yuzu), nashi pear, a soupçon of spicy oak, stone fruits, white flowers and saline. You consume rather than sample as the wine is so moreish. What an extraordinary wine, fine-boned with layer upon layer of cool precision. Incredibly focused – a wonderfully ‘non-shouty’ Chardonnay which provides the perfect balance between fruit, acidity and structure. The texture is pure silk / talc-like smoothness and the finish super-long. Spiced citrus and saline… To sum-up in a few words – harmonious, poised, breathtaking purity and unmissable. I sampled in both the Burgundy and Bordeaux glasses (from Zalto) with the former taking the lead, but only slightly. There’s a touch more freshness / acidity in the Bordeaux glass however, the sensual feel which is delivered via the Burgundy vessel gets my vote. No need to decant and no need to cellar. It’s drinking beautifully now…”

 

Allow us to introduce the very pinnacle of our extensive Chardonnay collection in these two carefully
curated mixed cases.

High Scoring Chardonnay - 6 Pack

£160.00 per 6 pack
Save £15.40

These bottles represent the pinnacle of our rather impressive range.  We have personally scored every bottle in this case at least 97 points so we’re confident that you will be beyond impressed with every one of these six different Australian Chardonnays.  

This is a great starting point for tasting the immense quality of Chardonnay currently being produced by our talented Australian winemakers.

Our own tasting notes for each of the wines in the case can be found below and they provide the perfect description of each wine.

1 x Wantirna Estate Isabella Chardonnay 2019 (98 Points)
1 x Shadowfax Macedon Ranges Chardonnay 2019 (97+ points)
1 x Villa Maria Keltern Chardonnay 2018 (97+ Points)
1 x Dr Edge Chardonnay North 2019 (98 Points)
1 x Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay 2019 (97+-98 Points)
1 x Coulter Wines C1 Chardonnay Adelaide Hills 2019 (97+-98 Points)

 

Superb Chardonnays - Top Picks 12 Pack

£335.00 per 12 pack
Save £34.15

Chardonnay is often considered the ‘shape-shifter’ of the white wine world, capable of a vast array of delicious styles, many of which are considered among the finest in the world.  We’ve grown our list of exclusive producers massively over the past year and many of the stand-out new wines from our point of view are Chardonnays. 

This luxurious twelve pack includes some of these highlights and as you can see from the scores, we loved them enough to score them all in excess of 97 points.

1 x Wantirna Estate Isabella Chardonnay 2019 (98 Points)
1 x Shadowfax Midhill Chardonnay 2019 (97-98 Points)
1 x Villa Maria Keltern Chardonnay 2018 (97+ Points)
1 x Dr Edge Chardonnay North 2019 (98 Points)
1 x Glaetzer-Dixon Nouveau Chardonnay 2019
1 x JC's Own Sierra Nevada Foothills Chardonnay 2018 (97+ Points)
1 x House of Cards The Royals Chardonnay 2019 (97-98 Points)
1 x Deep Woods Reserve Chardonnay 2019 (97+ Points)
1 x Soumah Single Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay 2018 (97 Points)
1 x Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay 2019 (97+-98 Points)
1 x Coulter Wines C1 Chardonnay Adelaide Hills 2019 (97-98 Points)
1 x Dr Edge Chardonnay Tasmania 2019 (98 Points)

 
 

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Christmas Delivery Dates

 

• Last orders will leave our HQ on Wednesday 22nd December at 3pm

• HQ collection available: Cut off for collection is
12 noon on Thursday 23rd December

• Our HQ closes at 2pm Thursday 23rd December. 
We reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 4th January

• All orders placed after 3pm on Wednesday 22nd December
(unless you are collecting) will be despatched on Tuesday 4th January 2022