Power aplenty but it uses it wisely. White peach, apple,lime and grapefruit get plenty of runs on the board but lactose and spicy oak play important roles too. Pour this into a large-bowled glass and marvel as it unfurls and breathes.
Campbell Mattinson - James Halliday Wine Companion Rating 95 pts (Special Value)
A lightly golden yellow in the glass, the nose unravels more each time
you take a look, it starts with green fig and peach before showing
leesy, almost flinty notes from time in new french oak and on solids.
It’s worth noting that the wine is only 12.8%, showcasing cool climate
viticulture and winemaking at it’s best. This lower alcohol gives the
wine a finely textured and embellished backbone with a lovely mineral
acidity that derives elegance and subtlety when contrasted by the fruit
and winemaker induced notes of the wine.
In terms of fruit,
white peach and understated nectarine are on show with gentle wood spice
and flint that join together on the long finish. This will live a long
time and great value at the price.
Rating 96 points
Patrick Eckel www.winereviewer.com.au
-From the Macedon Ranges, this feels like pure class. It's beautiful in fruit and nougat-like perfume, silky on the palate and refreshing to drink. Sure to elevate the already high standard of a meal, its perfect with chicken and vegetable dishes.
MIKE BENNIE - Winefront- Sunday STELLAR magazine Aug 2017
Grapefruit, pear and white peach flavours run through the elegant palate and long finish.
James Halliday Wine Companion 2018 Rating 95 pts
(featured in Wow Factor Whites supplement)
It’s a lean, long-legged chardonnay with a good deal of its identity and
flavour reserved for the finish. Grapefruit and lemon rind flavours
meet spicy oak and gunmetal. If ever there was a chardonnay in needs of
some bottle age it’s this one. It looks to have the goods but time will
be the ultimate judge.
Campbell Mattinson Winefront 92+ points
Isanda Chardonnay 2013
The intensity and length of the palate is explained by the pH of 3.02 and T/A of 7.5g/l; this make-up explains the apparent minerally flavours, although there's no mineral take-up into the fruit, the wine is bracingly complex and will have a fascinating future.
James Halliday Wine Companion 2016 Rating 94 pts (Special Value)
James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 Rating 94 pts (Special Value)
Cottage Chardonnay 2016
An elegant chardonnay filled with white peach fruit and lively acidity. While battonage (lees stirring) was used, it's not obvious whether this was in barrel or in tank - seemingly the latter.
James Halliday Wine Companion 2018 Rating 94 pts (Special value)
A vibrant, fruit driven expression of Chardonnay that has less winemaker
derived characters than the Estate Chardonnay, but doesn’t miss out in
terms of both flavour and textural appeal.Nectarine, fig, pear and touches of citrus define the nose, the palate
has generous richness on entry that is all about the fruit with green
apple against fuller nectarine fruit, there is a lovely interplay
between acid and fruit that helps frame the lingering finish that is
brimming with citrus, fig and stone fruits.
A wine to enjoy whilst awaiting the Estate release.
Rating 91 points