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The PRC Chardonnay is a collaboration between three Victorian winemakers: Peter Graham (Domenica, Beechworth), Rowley Milhinch (Scion, Rutherglen) & Chris Catlow (Sentio, Beechworth). Each of them made two barrels of Chardonnay from the Lusatia Park vineyard in the Yarra Valley. This is a site which has made some of the region's finest Chardonnays over the last decade. In the hands of these three lads, the fruit sings. Each winemaker brings his own flair and style to the fruit and the final resluting blend is brilliant. As Campbell Mattinson said in his 94 point review, "It’s fine and elegant but boasts ample fruit power. It’s chardonnay to nth degree."
What it Tastes Like
"It’s fine and elegant but boasts ample fruit power. It’s chardonnay to nth degree. Oatmeal, grapefruit, and cedarwood flavours shoot through the mouth, a roasted peach character unfolding through the finish. Length of flavour here is fantastic. Overall style, spot on. I looked at this over the course of 24 hours and it just kept on getting better." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
94 points. "It’s fine and elegant but boasts ample fruit power. It’s chardonnay to nth degree. Oatmeal, grapefruit, and cedarwood flavours shoot through the mouth, a roasted peach character unfolding through the finish. Length of flavour here is fantastic. Overall style, spot on. I looked at this over the course of 24 hours and it just kept on getting better." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Followers of Scion have been introduced to a series of ‘project’ wines over the years. The resulting wines form a vital part of winemaker Rowly's passion and learnings. The latest project ‘PRC’ was dreamt up with two great wine mates of the North East – Chris Catlow (Sentio, Beechworth) and Pete Graham (Domenica, Beechworth) – to challenge winemaking skills while working together to achieve a focused result. This Chardonnay is the inaugural PRC release, co-crafted by Pete, Rowly and Chris. Fruit was sourced from one of the country's most revered plantings of chardonnay: the Lusatia Park Vineyard in Victoria's Yarra Valley. One parcel of handpicked fruit was divided three ways, with each winemaker setting out to craft a wine shaped around their individual interpretation of the fruit. A code of silence kicked off production across three wineries, using one second-fill hogshead barrel and five pre-loved barriques. Nine months later, the trio sat down with samples of the resulting six wines to assemble the final wine together. Minor blending tweaks were made with the aim of best expressing the Lusatia Park Vineyard. The vineyard produces elegant Chardonnay, with the 2016 vintage showing excellent concentration of flavour. From this premium fruit we’ve crafted a focused, modern Chardonnay that would benefit from a little cellaring.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2023
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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