2023 Dappled Appellation Chardonnay

Delicious, full-flavoured yet perfectly poised Yarra Valley Chardonnay. One of the best buys in the region.
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Over recent years the Dappled Appelation Chardonnay has established itself as one of the best pound-for-pound Chardonnays in the country. Award-winning winemaker Shaun Crinion is the man behind Dappled Wines. 

Shaun works with a range of excellent vineyards across the Yarra Valley. The 2023 vintage is a blend of upper and lower Yarra vineyards, this Chardonnay includes Clones P58, I10V1, and Dijon clones 76 and 95, sourced from St Andrews, Steels Creek, Seville, and Macclesfield. He expertly blends these sites' different characteristics to create a complex, layered and seamlessly balanced Chardonnay that always over-delivers in the value for money stakes. 

Shaun is a real craftsman in the winery. The hand-picked grapes are cooled overnight and then lightly crushed by foot before a gentle pressing. The un-sulphured juice is transferred to a mix of 80% old and 20% new French oak barrels, where natural fermentation occurs without temperature control. The wine then rests on its lees for 10 months before bottling.

2023 was a terrific vintage for the Yarra and Shaun has once again hit this one out of the park. If you love Chardonnay then run, don't walk, the Appelation is never around for long!

"I’d be very happy with this if it were a Village Burgundy at 4 times the price! I think one of my best Appellation Chardonnay’s to-date…"
- Shaun Crinion

A blend of upper and lower Yarra Vineyards - Clones P58, I10V1 and Dijon clones 76 and 95 - from vineyards in St Andrews, Steels Creek, Seville and Macclesfield. All fruit is hand-picked and cooled overnight, followed by whole bunches being lightly crushed by foot before a long pressing when the un-sulphured juice is transferred straight to oak. The oak is a combination of 80% old and 20% new French Barriques, Puncheons and Demi-Muids. 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 where 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.

Customer Reviews

4.4
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
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5 reviews
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    Sharon D.
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    2022 Dappled Appellation Chardonnay
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    We fight over this one.

    Modern elegant Chardonnay. My favourite. His too.

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    Ryan
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    3 years ago
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    2022 Dappled Appellation Chardonnay
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Entry level Yarra benchmark

    Brilliant textured wine, setting a benchmark for entry level wines. Struck match, Flint is the first thing you notice before picking up the butter, almond meal, apple, pear. It’s like a fresh baked apple pie. Nice dash of citrus acidity rounds out the balance. Perfect wine for any occasion and an absolute steal at $30

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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Dappled chardonnay

    Delicious. Balanced lovely nose great flinty struck match. Very easy to drink ....

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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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