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If you were going to script the perfect vintage to launch your first Upper Yarra Valley Chardonnay, you probably couldn't write it better than 2015. Andrew Marks has taken full advantage of this near perfect season, crafting two barrels of beautiful Chardonnay from the same vineyard as his Upper Yarra Pinot Noir. This has all the intensity and class one would expect from a producer of Andrew's stature. Described as "powerful, mellifluous and succulent" by Campbell Mattinson, this is a scintillating first release and one that with only 80 dozen made, will be gone all too soon.
What it Tastes Like
"It’s gorgeous. It’s a no-brainer. It’s glycerol, powerful, mellifluous and succulent. All those good things. Grapefruit shifts into white peach. Nashi pear into steel and spice. It feels and tastes the goods, and lingers appreciably. Give it another 12 months in bottle it will be better again." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
94 points. "It’s gorgeous. It’s a no-brainer. It’s glycerol, powerful, mellifluous and succulent. All those good things. Grapefruit shifts into white peach. Nashi pear into steel and spice. It feels and tastes the goods, and lingers appreciably. Give it another 12 months in bottle it will be better again." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
The Wanderer Upper Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2015 We are excited to present our inaugural release of The Wanderer Chardonnay. Fruit comes from the same vineyard as our Upper Yarra Pinot Noir. Cane pruned Penfolds clone vines. The grapes were whole bunch pressed then run into barrel with full solids the next day. Wild fermentation, left on lees without stirring until bottling. A kiss of new oak during fermentation before elevage in old french barrels. Only two barrels made.
Closure: Diam Cork
Bottle Size: 750ml
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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