Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
Only ever made in the most exceptional vintage years, a Yarra Valley flagship of superior structure, styling and finesse. Yering Station are always very excited when they can bring in a harvest of such quality, a wine of great elegance, remarkable intensity of fruit and exquisite balance. Everything that a first growth in Chardonnay should be, treated to wild yeast and barrel ferments, as always for a reserve wine by this artisanal team, extremely limited in production.
A block of splendid old vines grown on the other side of the hill to Yering Station, yields a peerless quality of Chardonnay which forms the backbone of a reserve wine in nothing but the finest years. Grapes are hand picked off a Mendoza clone of vines, a third of which are up to thirty years of age, planted to sandy clay loam, all closely trained to trellis vertical shoot positioning and managed to yield a scant 1.8 tonnes/acre. Bunches are sent directly to an equal balance of new and seasoned French 500 litre oak puncheons, inoculated to a mix of wild indigenous and cultured CY3079 yeasts. Two to three weeks of luxurious barrel ferments are followed by eleven months maturation.
Bright, light straw with green hues. Classic white peach/ pear nose complexed by citrus undertones. Delicate cinnamon spice compliment the toasty barrel ferment creaminess. Pristine yet rich and complex palate, the fruit centre expresses purity and focus, grapefruit minerality combined with toasty oak spices enhance a very long, elegant finish.