Yarra Valley Chardonnay Masterclass Mixed Six Pack

Yarra Valley Chardonnay Masterclass Mixed Six Pack

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Six of the Yarra’s best Chardonnay wizards all in one pack!

RRP $210.00

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Why You'll Love This Mixed Pack

Many people believe that the Yarra Valley is the country’s best Chardonnay producing region.

The differences in style that can be made from this magical grape from across this region are positively mind-bending.

This mixed pack is a who’s who of Yarra Valley Chardonnay.

The biggest names in the area; Mac Forbes, Luke Lambert, Franco D’Anna, Dave Bicknell, come together in one complete collection of the Yarra’s true Chardonnay kings.

If you love modern Australian Chardonnay, these are the guys leading the game.

2013 Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Chardonnay

The 1er Chardonnay is picked from an East facing, single block on the stunning Hoddles Creek Estate, and personifies the very best of this much adored family owned operation. This vintage was rated 97 points and has driven collectors to the brink of insanity as they scramble each year to get their microscopic allocation of this gem of the Yarra Valley.

It is a wine that deserves to be respected. Drunk in the best company, with the best glassware, along side a very, very fine meal.

2014 Soumah Single Vineyard Chardonnay

This fruit is sourced from a single block on the Soumah estate. They take their vineyards very seriously and manage it with quality in mind. The proof is in the pudding as they say, and this release of their Chardonnay is a very tasty pudding.

In his stellar 95 point review, Campbell Mattinson said, “This is as good or better than anything I’ve previously seen under the Soumah name…. Wine with presence. Completely worthy of its asking price.”. Big wraps from Campbell, and James Halliday who chimed in with his own 95 point score. This wine has made some waves.

2014 Out of Step Syme on Yarra Chardonnay

The 2014 Syme Chardonnay is unadorned by winemaking tricks. “As always the philosophy was simple – whole bunch pressed straight to old oak, wild yeast fermented & matured in same, full malo, not much stirring, racked clean & bottled with minimal sulphur additions along the way. No acid, no DAP, no enzymes, no fining, no filtration etc etc.”

It is bare bones Chardonnay. The fruit, the star. The vintage (small production and high quality) on display.

2014 Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay

This is Mac’s ‘entry level’ Chardy and the tricky 2014 vintage resulted in yeilds be incredibly low. There is literally only 44 dozen available in the whole country. A bit of a shame really as this is terrific value.

If the reviews of his single vineyard Chardonnays from this vintage are anything to go on, this is one of Mac’s best quality Chardonnay vintages to date. Both the Worri Yallock and Hoddles Creek Chardonnays were given 95 points from Mike Bennie this year, and given that a significant portion of the fruit from this wine comes from those two vineyards, that bodes well for this little number…

2014 Luke Lambert Chardonnay

As always with Luke’s wine it follows a very minimalist, natural approach, with whole-bunch pressing, wild-yeast fermentation, old oak, no temperature control, zero fining or filtration and minimal sulphur. Using these techniques allows him to work in texture and complexity without throwing oodles of new French oak at it and taking away from the character and purity of the fruit.

And pure this wine is - so energetic and lively. As Gary Walsh remarked in his glowing 95 point review, it is “Has its wilder edges, for sure, but that’s all part of its charm.”!

2013 Toolangi Estate Chardonnay

Their Estate Chardonnay is not an ‘entry level’ wine. This is premium stuff. “Our aim is to produce outstanding wines, a process which begins in the vineyard.” they say. This is from their home block and outstanding, it is.

The 2013 was made by Yarra Valley guru, Dave Bicknell (of Oakridge and Bicknell fc - This year’s winner of James Halliday’s Best New Winery 2016) and looks the goods.

Amongst a slew of reviews, James Halliday gave this 96 points and said that this wine “bears the unmistakable thumbprint of David Bicknell” - which is most definitely a good thing.


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