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2017 Arfion Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

Flavourful yet restrained, complex yet approachable - a Chardy that's just right on the money!

$37.00

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About

About The Wine

Dave Mackintosh's experience with Yarra Valley Chardonnay began with his friend and colleague Steve Flamsteed at Giant Steps. 

At Giant Steps as Assistant winemaker, Dave soaked up all he could from Flamsteed. It was there he learnt that when making Chardonnay, most times, less is absolutely more.

There is very little winemaking behind this wine. It's fruit from the Full Moon vineyard, the same fruit that goes to the Salo collaboration Chardonnay that Dave makes with Flamsteed, pressed to used barrels, and bottled after 10 months.

The 2017 Arfion Chardonnay is as pure and as elegant as any you will find in the region. 

Gorgeous stuff.

About Arfion

New Zealand born Dave "Bro" Mackintosh is the head man at Arfion.

After cutting his teeth at Oyster Bay, Dave settled in Victoria's Yarra Valley and after working with Steve Flamsteed at Giant Steps, began his own brand Arfion: which means 'Our Wine' in Scottish Gaelic.

Dave is all about letting the fruit do the talking, guiding rather than forcing, constantly searching for the simplest way to get young, energetic wines into the bottle for people to enjoy.

His Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio are all effortless examples of wines made with a ‘less is more’ mentality. By working with some of the best growers in the Yarra Valley, Dave has put together a gorgeous range of wines that have interest and drinkability in spades.

Dave Bro at home in the winery
Dave Bro at home in the winery
Yarra Valley, VIC
Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"We want to have fruit weight and texture but in a subtle way. Our 17 Chardonnay shows nutty, just ripe nectarine and white flower aromatics. A moreish savoury style with a slippery mouthfeel followed by crisp orange zest tang." - Dave Mackintosh

Additional Info

From The Producer

We work with Simon Harte at the Full Moon Vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley.Located on grey loam soils over a gentle west facing slope in Gladysdale, this immaculate vineyard is tendered like a Bonsai garden. It’s a marginal subregion for grapegrowing but with careful vineyard management these mature vines have produced pristine, powerful fruit.

Probably the least complicated wine we make.
Whole bunches are pressed cold after a night in the cool room.
Full solids to 2 old 500L puncheons and one second use puncheon to complete wild fermentation up to 25 deg C.
Low sulphur maturation with no stirring.
Racked without filtration to bottle after 10 months in oak.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

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