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Giovanni Tait mastered the family tradition of coopering wine barrels before migrating to Australia in 1957. He took up work in the Barossa and ultimately settled in for a lengthy engagement at B Seppelts and Sons, where he played a significant role in the vinification and maturation of some of the most memorable vintages in Australian viticulture. Tait's boys grew up to be winemakers, their attention to detail and close relationship with the Barossa's finest growers have earned the highest accolades from the international wine industry press. Generously proportioned yet exquisitely balanced, famously praised, perennially by savant Robert Parker as the most consistently outstanding quality, exceptional value wines from Barossa Valley... Bespoke parcels of old vineyard fruit»
There's a vineyard at Moorooduc in upper Mornington, planted to a splendid north facing slope which captures the maximum warmth of sunshine each day. Refreshed after nightfall by the invigorating maritime winds off Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay, it's a place of exceptional winegrowing. Populated by ten unique Burgundy clones, this very special block of vine grew the only Pinot Noir ever to claim our nation's highest accolade for great red wines, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. The property continues to yield limited releases of outstanding vintages, it's a place of exacting viticulture and uncompromising pursuit of excellence, cherished by cognoscenti and exalted by industry press, the vineyard known as Yabby Lake... The burgundy clones of mornington»

Toolangi Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

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.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$311.00
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.
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