Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
Yering Station have been growing grapes since the 1830s and bottling their wines on the property since the 1850s. Touted as Victoria's first winery, they have consistently produced some of Australia's most recognizeable, most highly awarded and most dependable table wines, since the resurgence of Yarra Valley as a winegrowing region. Today's Yering Station winemaking team know good Chardonnay fruit when they see it, growing and selecting the finest parcels for Mr Frog, selected on the basis of good flavour profiles and clear varietal expression.
Grapes are hand picked and machine harvested early in the vintage, from vine clones P58, l10V3, 86, 96, up to twelve years of age, grown to grey loam over yellow clay, trained to trellis vertical shoot positioning, with an average yield of 2½ t/acre. Components are vinified in a combination of fermenters and finely grained 228 litre French oak barriques, to yeast types EC1118 and CY3079 for a period over two or three weeks. To give the wine freshness, elegance and longevity, no contact is allowed with skins and no malolactic is initiated, preserving varietal characters and the zing of crisp Chardonnay fruit. The finished wine is matured several months in a selection of prior use oak barrels.
Pale straw with yellow highlights. Clean and mineral bouquet with citrus fragrances, the nose is elegant and fresh. Medium weight palate with bright citrus fruits supported by well integrated oak. Good length on the finish with essential Yarra Valley cool climate finesse and delicacy. Match Mr Frog with a quality bistrot style fish and chips or seared weisswurst with parsnip puree.