2015 Denton Yellow Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

Truly unique Australian wine here. 96 points from Campbell Mattinson, and simply a must-try.



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I haven’t been quite so struck, or mesmerised, by a wine in quite some time.

Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

You don't see this very often in the Australian wine scene.

This is Chardonnay from the stellar 2015 Yarra Valley season made by the hands of the incredibly talented Luke Lambert. But it's a Chardonnay with a twist.

Something went not quite to plan with two barrels of Chardonnay during the fermentation process. Luke noticed a slight flor (natural veil of yeast) developing on the top of the barrels. He seperated the two barrels in question from the others in the winery and left them to their own devices.

What's developed in barrel and now in bottle is something more akin to the famous sous voile Vin Jaune wine style of the famous French region Jura, than something you would normally see from the Yarra Valley. And it's absolutely epic in its style.

It was something of a revelation for Campbell Mattinson who rated it a massive 96 points with these words, "If you want to know what’s going on in Australian wine right now then you have to get a hold of this."

The view from Denton View Hill
The view from Denton View Hill
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Sourced from the bottom section of the North Eastern slope of the Denton View Hill.

20% fermented as whole bunches to dryness, balance whole bunch pressed. Matured in old french oak with wild yeast ferment and wild malo-lactic fermentation (100%). Left on full lees and without topping for 2 years the barrels slowly began to ullage and develop a flor on the surface of the wine. No sulfur was used through maturation and the flor character appeared stable and thick. Over the 2 years this flor growth contributed lovely almond and parmigiano rind characters. Bottled without fining or filtration september 2017. A final barrel of this same wine will be bottled and labelled separately in September 2019 (4 years under flor).

The granitic soils of the Denton Vineyard show strongly here and the high acid and tannin of Denton chardonnay is what allows this wine to work so well under flor. The typical flint, talc, river stone, jasmine and citrus, layered with almond meal and cheesy, waxy flor characters. The wine has held it’s freshness and acidity extremely well.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : DIAM Cork
Drink Until : 2020
Bottle Size : 500ml

The talented Luke Lambert
The talented Luke Lambert
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"I certainly wouldn’t want all chardonnay to be like this but I haven’t been quite so struck, or mesmerised, by a wine in quite some time. I opened this yesterday lunchtime and for various reasons I was up late working; after midnight I could still be seen swirling and tasting it. It’s become like a friend to me. I don’t have any concrete details on its making, though it’s been suggested that a) only two barrels were made, b) only one of these barrels has been bottled, the second to be bottled two years hence, c) it was picked super early, at super low baume, and drumroll d) it’s been kept under flor. It’s wax sealed under DIAM cork; it’s packaged in the kind of slender bottle more commonly used to package fortified wines; the capacity of each bottle is 500ml. I had no idea what to expect before I opened it; I thought it might be sweet; it’s not.If you want to know what’s going on in Australian wine right now then you have to get a hold of this. Just a single bottle or even glass; just to experience it. It’s a perception buster, a mind expander, a sherry-like chardonnay to sit as the cream rather than the cake of what this variety can do. In short, it’s utterly captivating. It’s brilliantly aromatic and brilliantly long, all nuts and dry sherry, florals and grapefruit, candied citrus and fresh nectarine, with sizzling acidity and pearl-like texture. It’s an old head on young shoulders; it’s yesterday and tomorrow. It comes at you at speed and then hangs around forever; I’m 24 hours into its company and, in a good way, feel as though I’m only just starting to find its rhythm. That there is the difference between genuinely fine wine, and fodder; it sees the divide and leaps it." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)


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