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The offerings from Bobar are not your average, run-of-the-mill Yarra Valley wines. Tom and Sally Belford make their wines ala naturalé, favouring wild ferments, inert vessels and no sulphur where possible. This Chardonnay is grown in the warmer parts of the Yarra Valley floor, "it’s warmer for us on the Valley floor so we get ripeness in our Chardonnay, and we just think rather than fight it let’s just go with it." says Tom. The fruit is squashed with bare feet and sent to ferment in a ceramic egg, left to hang out for some time before being racked straight to bottle from the vessel. It's a wildly fascinating take on Yarra Chardonnay, not at all textbook but insanely delicious none the less.
What it Tastes Like
"Cloudy in the glass. Has a spread of flavour and aroma that runs from bruised apples to pleasingly bitter nuttiness to ripe citrus to citrus pith and apple skins. Texture amongst the broad spread of flavour feels chalky, almost dusty, finishes tight and tangy. Lots of personality; a different-good expression, but don’t expect something out of the encyclopaedia pages marked ‘Yarra Valley Chardonnay’." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
90 points. "Cloudy in the glass. Has a spread of flavour and aroma that runs from bruised apples to pleasingly bitter nuttiness to ripe citrus to citrus pith and apple skins. Texture amongst the broad spread of flavour feels chalky, almost dusty, finishes tight and tangy. Lots of personality; a different-good expression, but don’t expect something out of the encyclopaedia pages marked ‘Yarra Valley Chardonnay’." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Grown on the western ridge of the Yarra Valley floor. Foot stomped and fermented in a ceramic egg. Bottled straight from the vessel with no filtration and zero sulphur added.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
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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