2023 Patrick Sullivan Chardonnay

Sensational value entry level Chardonnay from the Chardy-obsessed Patrick Sullivan.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Patrick Sullivan is a name synonymous with exceptional Australian Chardonnay.

Now there's a top-value way to sample his sensational stylings with this variety, with this very reasonably-priced entry-level Pat Sullivan wine!

This inaugural release continues to honour the volcanic soils of Southern Australia with a wine that strikes a lovely balance between richness, well-defined fruit, and distinctive soil-derived minerality.

The vineyards are nestled along Australia's unique limestone coast. This region is the world's third-largest volcanic plain, harbouring approximately 400 dormant volcanoes. Who knew?!

Pat's deep-rooted connection to this area, where he spent much of his childhood, fills him with tremendous enthusiasm as he offers this great modern representation of Australian chardonnay.

WINEMAKING: The fruit is whole cluster crushed,
pressed then drained off into tank for settling.
Primary fermentation takes place in barrique
and tank with approx. 15% new oak used.

SOIL: Volcanic top soil with varying limestone
and basalt and flint stone depending on site.

NOSE: Cream, white peach, citrus vanillin brioche.
PALATE: Brioche, mineral, Peaches, lime and cream.

92 points - "Mostly from Limestone Coast but with Mount Gambier and Coonawarra in the mix, “I like drinking chardonnay from Coonawarra historically, so was looking for fruit that could meet a standard from growers I work with now, but also that would produce a Goldilocks chardonnay that sits at medium weight, with flavour but freshness”, explains Pat Sullivan. “The essence is I want to keep making chardonnay off volcanic soils, and this fit”. Let’s preface, this is the value packed chardonnay of the year.

Aromas of cinnamon toast, preserved lemon, faint caramel, green apple, ginger and bergamot tea. There’s a crispness to texture yet a slipperiness in there too – touches of toffee apple, ginger, more cinnamon toast, rich lemon curd, a touch of pulpy grapefruit and lime. You could open the dictionary and look to the chardonnay entry and this is there. It’s sublime in drinking, it resonates in the complexity department, it’s delicious. It doesn’t need to blow your mind, it just needs to be in your glass, at the right price. Tick those boxes." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Customer Reviews

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
Based on 4 reviews
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4 reviews
  • YB
    Yvonne B.
    Verified Buyer
    12 seconds ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Secret love

    A fantastic Chardonnay for non Chardonnay drinkers.

    Gorgeous balance

  • HB
    Helen B.
    Verified Buyer
    19 hours ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic wine

    This is one of my favourite Chardonnays at the moment. Lovely weight perfectly balanced. Patrick is a master wine maker!

  • NB
    Nicholas B.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    2 months ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Delicious Chardonnay!

    I'm fussy when it comes to Chardonnay as there is a large amount of varieties from local producers, often heavy influenced with the presence of Oak. This was unique, certainly worth giving a go if you love Chardonnay! Patrick Sullivan is a master!

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Patrick Sullivan

The wild-haired Patrick Sullivan is a farmer first, a winemaker second.

His pride and joy is his vineyard in the Strzelecki Ranges in the Gippsland G.I. of Victoria. On this plot of land, Pat farms with organic principals alongside Bill Downie, one of the most revolutionary winemakers of his generation.

Bill takes the Pinot Noir from the vineyard, Pat takes the Chardonnay. The Chardonnay wines emerging from his cellar are some of the most exciting in the country. Addicted to volcanic soils and the power and energy that those soils bring to Chardonnay, Pat is amassing a formidable stable of Chardonnays that articulate a small slice of Australia's ancient terroir.

The wines are un-tinkered with, fermented in neutral vessels with little or no sulphur and are made to express their special site and the vagaries of vintage. In Pat's words, "The wines are inspired by emotion, a moment in time and a sense of place."

Pat Sullivan - Gippsland, VIC Patrick Sullivan

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