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An unashamedly 'old school' buttery Chardonnay here from the Payten & Jones team. They make this for ideal mid-week drinking. Think roast chook, buttered greens, Thursday night sorted. For those who yearn for the Chardonnays of yesteryear, the Payten & Jones lads have got you covered.
What it Tastes Like
Richly flavoured with cream and butterscotch poured over peaches and nectarine. It's chewy, but there's acidity there too. A bitter twist to the finish gives it a nice savoury edge. Not your stock-standard Yarra affair but a good thing to drink.
Old School. And we’re not ashamed. Not one bit. Particularly suitable for any weeknight. We tweaked the savoury edge of this vintage to make it even better with food (still got that kick-ass flavour and mouthfeel though). Large Puncheons (500L), natural acid, Lees Stirred. Bright and full of life. The nitty gritty… VINEYARD: Yarra Glen, Yarra Valley Average Vine age 20 years old 90m altitude Eastern aspect North South rows with vertical shoot position. Silty clay loam over brown clay (has mudstone and iron stone through out)
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
About the Producer
Payten & Jones
From school mates to business partners, the two boys who form Behn Payten & Troy Jones have been destined to work together for many years. They are now making small batches of slightly edgy wine from the Yarra Valley. The wines are made with minimal cleaning up, the duo believing that if you take out too much, you can fine and filter the soul out of a wine. They do things their own way and that’s the way they like it.
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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