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2019 Combes What's Beneath Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

Saline, mineral-driven single-vineyard Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley.

$35.00

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Just straight up banger chardonnay of complexity, freshness and interest.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Here's an electric Chardonnay from a rising star of the Yarra Valley.

Winemaker Oscar Hermann sees the Cordillera Vineyard in the Upper Yarra as one of the great places to grow Chardonnay in the region, where flint and mineral characters are derived from the red and grey volcanic clay soils.

There is a beautiful shape to this wine. It's fine but full flavoured, supremely detailed in it's white peach through the savoury/saline falvour profile.

It's got length, drive, focus - all the beautiful things about Chardonnay grown in a cool climate.

About Combes

The Combes wines are made by thoughtful young avant-garde wine producer, Oscar Hermann.

Sourced from excellent vineyards in the Yarra Valley and farther afield, Oscar takes a minimal intervention approach to his winemaking practice.

The wines coming out of his cellar are excellent. They are raw, energetic and show a distinct sense of place. Each bottle you open feels like it's a living thing. Each vineyard he showcases shines in the glass.

As Mike Bennie once wrote about his eclectic suite of wines, "you should dive in."

Winemaker Oscar Hermann
Winemaker Oscar Hermann
Yarra Valley, VIC
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From The Producer

From the Cordillera Vineyard is (mostly) dry-grown on deep, red and grey volcanic clay loam at around 300m elevation, rolling steeply downhill. Planted to predominantly clone 96. This site I believe is all about flint and minerality, being in the upper tear of the Yarra this site stays cool at night allowing a slow ripening season even in 2019. The wine was all whole bunch pressed to tank, free run and pressing kept separate. Wildly fermented in a combination of old netural barrique and hogs heads. Partial malo (50%), 8 months on gross lees before being in early december minimal sulfur added.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.7%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Oscar pruning in the vineyard
Oscar pruning in the vineyard
Yarra Valley, VIC
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The Wine Front

"Very Good Macclesfield Vineyard in Yarra and a young star of the region here. Really digging on the Combes vibe, man. Here’s something more to do for yourself. Cool and restrained but with amazing minerality and just that touch of moreish juiciness. Scents of hay and sea spray, green apple juice, lime zest, some faint green herbs and wet fern characters. Love it. Length for days, deliciousness for a week, a generally just straight up banger chardonnay of complexity, freshness and interest." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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A satisfyingly complex number with just the right amount of fruit and acidity in the picture with a saline, mineral touch. Delightful for an autumn night.

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