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Every box is ticked among the first releases from Fetherston team of Chris Lawrence and Camille Koll.
He takes care of the stuff in the winery (with an obviously talented touch). She takes care of the business (look at the packaging and class of these wines for the price?!). It’s a slick Yarra Valley operation and every Yarra Valley operation needs a slick Chardonnay.
Boy have they got one in 2015. This is from a vineyard in Coldstream. It’s cool, calm, composed and absolutely pitch-perfect for those looking for Yarra Chardonnay at a cracking price.
With 93 points from Gary Walsh (“What a great drink.”) and only 80 dozen made, this is firmly in no-brainer territory for any Chardonnay fan.
What It Tastes Like
“A little struck match, grilled nuts, nectarine and ruby red grapefruit, with spicy oak tucked neatly in. It’s full-flavoured, but keeps itself trim and neat, with a quartzy texture and juicy acidity. Finish is full, and very satisfying. What a great drink.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
93 points. “A little struck match, grilled nuts, nectarine and ruby red grapefruit, with spicy oak tucked neatly in. It’s full-flavoured, but keeps itself trim and neat, with a quartzy texture and juicy acidity. Finish is full, and very satisfying. What a great drink.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
The Fetherston Vintners 2015 Chardonnay is crafted from a single parcel of 100% Mendosa clone fruit, hand picked in late February 2015.
The fruit was whole-bunch pressed and fermented in a mixture of new (30%) and older French oak barriques, using indigenous and innovative yeast strains to enhance wine complexity.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
Fetherstone has done all the little things right in their first release. They are crafting, approachable, high-quality wines with plenty of style and panache for extremely reasonable prices. They are a winery to keep a close eye on in the future.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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