2018 Chardonnay 'Explorer' 6-pack
2018 Chardonnay 'Explorer' 6-pack
1 x Precipice Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
1 x Williams Crossing Chardonnay, Macedon Ranges
1 x Barratt Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills
1 x Fighting Gully Road Chardonnay, Beechworth
1 x Domaine Naturaliste ‘Floris’ Chardonnay, Margaret River
1 x Kumeu River Village Chardonnay, Kumeu, New Zealand
Chardonnay 'Explorer’ 6-pack
Precipice Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
The verdant hills of the Yarra Valley are the home of some incredible Chardonnay, but 95 points every year is a hell of an achievement. Marty Singh’s Precipice has done just that. Produced from the famed Willow Lake vineyard, this is a tensile, nervy wine with great freshness and energy. Struck match, lemongrass, grapefruit and almond all weave a colourful pattern, with the taut acid line perfectly balancing fruit and oak richness. A delight to drink.
Williams Crossing Chardonnay, Macedon Ranges
An unfaltering attention to detail has seen Curly Flat develop a cult following in Australia and internationally, and in 2015 Matt Harrop, of Shadowfax fame, joined as chief winemaker. Fresh citrus and white peach frame a texturally rich palate that Curly Flat is known for. Laced with oak spice, hazelnut, and vanilla, the juicy acid helps this wine walk a tightrope without slipping once. A gorgeous wine that is truly a hallmark of its estate.
Barratt Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills
Piccadilly Valley, in the Adelaide Hills, produces pristine fruit that has long been sought after by ambitious winemakers. With everyone from Jeffrey Grosset to Shaw and Smith vying for the land and fruit, parcels are hard to come by. Barratt Estate is a small, family owned operation that produces small quantities of seriously good wines. A decadently smoky nose leads to a peaches and cream palate, offset by grapefruit like acidity, and resulting in a wine with perfect poise and balance.
Fighting Gully Road Chardonnay, Beechworth
Beechworth is well known by Chardonnay lovers for being one of the greatest sources of Chardonnay in the country. Home to the legendary Giaconda, the fruit from this region is powerful and concentrated, and produces structured, ageworthy, Burgundian wines. Winemaker Adrian Rodda has created a masterful example of this great region, with rich yellow peach and popcorn notes, but retaining a freshness that makes it zip with vibrancy and style.
Domaine Naturaliste ‘Floris’ Chardonnay, Margaret River
Bruce Dukes’ Domaine Naturaliste is producing some of the best value wines out of Margaret River at the moment. In this picturesque seaside region, where the winemakers all go surfing after a hard day’s work, Chardonnay is king, and home to some of the biggest names in the business (and the price tags that are invariably attached). The Floris, however, has all the hallmarks of Margaret – quality new oak enveloping powerful, concentrated fruit, and the zippy tang of oceanic breezes.
Kumeu River Village Chardonnay, Kumeu, New Zealand
Although New Zealand isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking about world-class Chardonnay, the Brajkovich family of Kumeu River have been doing this for 40 years. With a focus on single vineyard sites, the village level wine is presented as an introduction to the tiny region. Shy upon opening, this slowly unwinds into lemon blossom, hazelnut, pastry and vanilla. Bright crunchy fruit on the palate, finishing long and steely, with a hazelnut gelato note.