2020 Dappled Single Vineyard Champs de Cerises Chardonnay

Stunning Chardonnay from a cool Upper Yarra vineyard from the hands of talented winemaker Shaun Crinion.
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"Champs de Cerises" is the French term for Cherry Fields, named for the single block in the Upper Yarra Valley that this wine comes from. This vineyard was once a cherry orchard, now winemaker Shaun Crinion considers it the jewel of the vineyards he works with.

Such a powerful and high-tensile Chardonnay.

It sees a touch more new oak than the Appellation 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.

Coming from the duplex soils (red volcanic and mud stone loams) of Macclesfield, this was the ideal site for the season. Dijon clone 76’ reacted well to the cooler weather and resulted in a detailed and generous fruit. The resultant wine was fermented naturally with no settling in one year old French Oak (Puncheons and Barriques). The wine also was allowed to complete approx 30% MLF to allow some softening of acidity.


Pale Gold in colour with citrus flowers, fennel, white peach and nectarine. Complexities include roasted nuts, lemon curd and smoky butter aromas. The palate is full throttle citrus fruits with a creamy textural mid palate. The wine drives long to the finish with smoky minerals and custard spice.

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    Dope YV Chard

    Gotta be one of the best expressions of Chardonnay from YV I've tasted. The use of younger oak doesn't overpower the wine, which retains a great drive of acidity and minerality amongst some good old richness and stonefruit characters. To top it off, the finish was long and sublime, almost saline (in a good way). Made me want to trash the whole bottle by myself! Bravo!

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Dappled Wines

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 - Yarra Valley, VIC Dappled Wines

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