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The alt-stylings of Sally and Tom at Bobar wines make for unique expressions of the Yarra Valley. Their wines are made naturally, inert vessels used in maturing, the wines are free to take on their own personality and offer something 'out-of-the-box' to the drinker. Such is the case with the 2016 Bobar Chardonnay. This has a slight twang of oxidisation which adds fino-like complexity and a nuttiness to the lively expression of Chardonnay fruit. It's a different proposition to most of the Yarra but does offer supreme drinkability and a point of interest for those who want to explore new fascets of Chardonnay from this famous region.
What it Tastes Like
"Nuts, fino sherry, ripe apple, sea spray, brown lime. I really like the complexity and unique scents here. The palate is very tangy, set electric on vinegary acidity, but not untoward, striking out into nutty, green apple, zesty sherry-like character, and mouthwatering in the best way. It’s wild, no doubt, and yet ultra fresh feeling, but you’ll have to take the deep end here. Would be great with something savoury. Or salty." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
92 points. "Nuts, fino sherry, ripe apple, sea spray, brown lime. I really like the complexity and unique scents here. The palate is very tangy, set electric on vinegary acidity, but not untoward, striking out into nutty, green apple, zesty sherry-like character, and mouthwatering in the best way. It’s wild, no doubt, and yet ultra fresh feeling, but you’ll have to take the deep end here. Would be great with something savoury. Or salty." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Nothing added except minimal sulphur at bottling.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2021
About the Producer
Tom and Sally Belford are pioneers of the natural wine movement in the Yarra Valley and indeed Australia. Using fruit from their own estate and gentle, hands-off winemaking they’ve developed a cult following for their delicate, finessed and savoury expressions of Syrah and Chardonnay. Lovely people crafting idyllic wines - the Bobar wines are a must try.
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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