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2019 Dappled Single Vineyard Les Verges Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

Stunning Chardonnay from a cool Upper Yarra vineyard from the hands of talented winemaker Shaun Crinion.

$45.00

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About The Wine

Shaun Crinion has made quite the name for himself as one of the most exciting Chardonnay producers in the Yarra Valley.

This is his most powerful and high-tensile Chardonnay from the 2019 vintage.

It sees a touch more new oak than the Appelation Chardonnay from the same vintage and also spends more time on lees which Shaun thinks highlights more of the unique qualities derived from the vineyard in the wine.

This is an electric Chardonnay - tight, inwardly concentrated and precise. It is a wine that will develop beautifully in the cellar.

About Dappled

Dappled owner/winemaker Shaun Crinion has a mountain of winemaking experience from around the globe, culminating with the establishment of a label all of his own. 

Shaun's focus is on expressing the sub-regionality of the Yarra Valley through simply gorgeous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and a growing range of experimental wines.

With the combination of Shaun's A-grade fruit from the Yarra's top growers and his precise, astute winemaking, the value on offer in the Dappled range is second to none. 

He was James Halliday's Best New Winery in 2018. The wines have only stepped in quality since then though the modest pricing remains the same. Unsurprisingly, his wines sell out in short order each year. He's now regarded as one of the best small-scale producers in the modern Yarra Valley.

Winemaker Shaun Crinion
Winemaker Shaun Crinion
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Sourced from John and Josie D’Aloisio’s vineyard located high up on the hill above the township of Seville. The I10V1 clone Chardonnay was planted in 1991 on its own roots (non-grafted) and is grown on the stunningly rich red volcanic soils this subregion of the Yarra Valley is famous for.

Winemaking

The fruit is hand-picked and cooled overnight. Whole bunches are lightly crushed by foot before a long pressing when the un-sulphured juice is transferred straight to oak. The oak is a combination of old (75%) and new (25%) French barriques and puncheons. Ferments are allowed to start naturally (wild) and complete with no temperature control. The wine is not battonaged and left on lees for 10 months in oak and a further 5 months on lees in stainless steel. Some MLF may have occurred but not encouraged and SO2 is added when the wine is ready for it. The wine is lightly filtered before being bottled un-fined by hand via gravity.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of ripe stone fruits, citrus blossom and flint combine with a touch of roasted hazelnuts, wood smoke and a savoury, almost earthen, character.  The palate is where this wine shines! Flavours are densely packed with mixed stone fruits, lime juice and a saline/mineral core that drives it all through. The flavours linger for a good while.  This wine is a stayer and with that density of fruit at its core it should last the long haul in the cellar.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2031
Bottle Size : 750ml

Shaun in the winery
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Opens wth spent fireworks, struck flint and cool green apple aromas. A wine of quiet intensity unfolds in the glass. Grapefruit, cinnamon apples, well poised oak providing some scaffolding. Let it warm up, let it unfurl. It's a coiled spring at the moment. Time will be kind. Beautiful Chardonnay now or in ten years. It's a great release from Shaun. - Different Drop Wine Team

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