2018 Dappled Limited Release Pinot Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

Experimental blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a splash of Gewürztraminer. Is it Rosé? Sort of. Regardless, it's delicious!



About The Wine

Now with his core range of beautifully packaged Yarra Valley wines locked in, winemaker Shaun Crinion is starting to free his arms and take a swing at some more experimental winemaking projects.

This Limited Release Pinot Noir Chardonnay sits somewhere between a full-bodied Rosé and a light dry red.

The vineyard that Shaun picks the Pinot Noir from comes with a few vines of interplanted Gewürztraminer. Shaun takes the lot and ferments them all together. That splash of Gewürz gives a wonderful floral lift to the nose of this wine.

Don't try to categorise it, just pop it in the fridge for a fewm moments before popping the cork, it's fascinating and delicious all at once.

About Dappled Wines

Dappled is a producer to get on early.  Owner/winemaker Shaun Crinion has a mountain of winemaking experience from round the globe, culminating in recent years with the establishment of this, his own label.  Shaun's focus is in expressing the regionality of the Yarra Valley through simply gorgeous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, sourced from a range of Upper and Lower Yarra vineyards.

Through his vineyard connections, brilliantly astute winemaking and a desire to keep his wines approachable to all, the value on offer in the Dappled range is second to none.  Throw in what may be the best Gewurztraminer in Australia, and some of the most beautiful packaging you're likely to see, and Dappled is the complete package.

James Halliday named Dappled as his Best New Winery in his 2018 Wine Companion and it's not hard to see why.

Shaun Crinion - owner/winemaker of Dappled Wines
Shaun Crinion - owner/winemaker of Dappled Wines
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"Grilled nuts, apple and musk spice dominate the aromatics. Flavours are of baked apple and strawberry with a creamy nutty texture. There is a small amount of tannin which comes from the time on skins. It’s like a cross between a rose and a red wine." - Shaun Crinion, winemaker

Additional Info

From The Producer

This unique, limited release wine is a blend of Pinot and Chardonnay fermented by wild yeast in a carbonic maceration style. This is done by letting the fruit stay as whole bunches to ferment in the berries under a CO2 rich environment for approx. 6 weeks. A small amount of Gewürztraminer is part of the blend to enhance aromatics.

Pressed to very old oak, on lees, with no SO2 until bottling.

Aromatic and textural in style.

Blend : Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Dappled Pinot Noir fermenting as whole bunches
Dappled Pinot Noir fermenting as whole bunches
Yarra Valley, VIC

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