Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
Vinified from top quality fruit grown to superb vineyards at Dixon's Creek and Yarra Glen, crafted by the winemaking teams of Shadowfax and Yering Station. Toolangi are highly regarded by industry peers, their Chardonnay is a tribute to a great vineyard, pruned and thinned to yield minimal harvests of the finest fruit. An intense, savoury meal and mineral nose precedes a solid palate of penetrating fruit character and exquisite charm. Well structured, forward drinking and full of flavour, Toolangi are at the cutting edge of Yarra Valley Chardonnay.
Toolangi is a former cattle grazing property, re established to vines in 1995. Further plantings have been progressively added and there are now some thirteen hectares under vine. A well drained location with gentle slopes, all exhibiting a highly desirable northeasterly orientation, the site is ideally suited to the cultivation of high quality fruit. Soils are predominantly clay, covered by a thin layer of shale and stone topsoils. Chardonnay grapes are selectively hand picked off low cropped vines yielding 2½ tonnes per acre. Following a wild, indigenous yeast vinification at the Yering Station and Oakridge wineworks, Toolangi is matured for up to a year in a selection of seasoned and new French oak puncheons.
Light in colour. Lemony edges with a nose of slate and wet stones, clotted cream, peach and lemon citrus. A reduction in the oak regime allows the fruit to shine and the subtle talc texture and baking spices to evolve on the finish. Beautiful lightness, and pleasing texture, it is fresh, precise and lively and a terrific addition to any menu. Match it with WA scampi, chicken caesar or whiting caprice.