2022 Salo Chardonnay

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Sensational release of the collaborative Chardonnay between Steve Flamsteed (Giant Steps) & Dave Mackintosh (Arfion).
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This Chardonnay is a great example to date of what these two brilliant winemakers are trying to achieve in their collab project.

The fruit comes from the Full Moon vineyard in the cooler Gladysdale sub-region of the Upper Yarra Valley, with all the hard work being put in in the vineyard rather than the winery. It's simply whole bunch pressed into old, large format oak, with wild yeasts no additions.

It's a natural, energetic, highly characterful Chardonnay, expressing the slightly wild side if these two wonderful winemakers.

The last few vintages have sold out in short order as this wine has developed its own following. Very limited numbers, so jump on this as soon as you can.

"At Salo, Dave Mackintosh and Steve Flamsteed only make one Yarra wine, and the 2022 is another ripper."
- 96pts, Philip Rich (Halliday Wine Companion)

Salo Full Moon Vineyard

What better way to celebrate our 15th year of making Salo than to release the belter that is the 2022 vintage!

Crazy to think how that time has flown, many things have changed, but our love of fine Chardonnay from the beautiful Upper Yarra Valley has been a constant.

It is also our tenth year working with Simon Harte at the Full Moon Vineyard high up in the Southern Hills. He meticulouslytends the old vines here, grown on red and brown coloured volcanic soils in Gladysdale. Every year he rolls with the seasons and delivers incredible fruit for us.


A cold and wet Spring once again played havoc with our flowering and fruit set. This resulted in the vines yielding about half of what was expected.

However, we were lucky, for the 3rd year in a row, to have a mild growing season that produced healthy canopies and strong vines that ripened the fruit slowly and evenly.

This slow yet even ripening allowed the grapes to produce ideal fresh flavours and hold onto acids.

The resulting wines are chalky, complex, and crunchy.

A very strong vintage that should age as well as any we have produced.


Hand Picked fruit was chilled in the cold room overnight and then whole bunch pressed to a small tank high in the winery. The tank is then rummaged and run to 500 Litre (all second and third use) puncheons by gravity with full juice solids.

Wild fermentation finished in late April and the wine was lightly sulphured a few months later. Post ferment this wine looked incredibly balanced in terms of mid-palate weight and acid so no malolactic fermentation was undertaken.

No stirring, unfined and bottled unfiltered.

96 points - "At Salo Dave Mackintosh and Steve Flamsteed only make one Yarra Valley wine and the 2022 is another ripper. From a low-yielding vintage, this is slightly more powerful than the 2021 and here you’ll find aromas of white nectarines, lemon oil and spice with some marine scents. Intense and richly textured on the palate and balanced by the wine’s vibrant acidity and a touch of grip on the finish. By the time this is released in August 2023, this should be singing." - Philip Rich (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    5 months ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    I would buy a lot more of this... but alas it's sold out

    This is a cracker & very good value for money.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Lean but tasty

    Certainly a leaner style Chardonnay for me, but great drive and length. Really good drinking and I think it will age well.

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Salo is the project of two of the Yarra Valley's most loved winemakers - Steve Flamsteed (of Giant Steps fame) and Dave Mackintosh (Arfion's main man).

They describe the aim of this side label best: "We want to use intuitive winemaking on premium parcels of fruit to make gritty, textured, natural wines. University taught us how to overcomplicate things; to add yeast, add malo bugs and add complexity by working wines. It's taken many years to knock these thoughts out of our heads, and we've found that if you have great fruit, the best wine is made by doing bugger all."

These wines are released in extremely limited quantities and are a cult favourite among Yarra Valley Chardonnay fans.

Steve Flamsteed & Dave 'Bro' Mackintosh Salo

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