Chardonnay 'Masterclass' 6-pack
Chardonnay 'Masterclass' 6-pack
1 x Curly Flat Chardonnay, Macedon Ranges
1 x Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula
1 x Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
1 x Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay, Central Otago
1 x Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay, Margaret River
1 x Sorrenberg Chardonnay, Beechworth
Chardonnay 'Masterclass’ 6-pack
Curly Flat Chardonnay, Macedon Ranges
Curly Flat is an Australian wine legend; one of the few producers that pursue a sustainable agricultural model in the area, with an attention to detail in the vineyard that borders on obsessive. As a result of their innovative methods, they haven’t used herbicides since 2006. Their wines are acclaimed for their longevity, and are among Australia’s most collected. Head winemaker Matt Harrop, of Shadowfax fame has continued the winemaking traditions of his predecessor Philip Moraghan, which focuses on gentle whole bunch pressing and barrel fermentation. Sea salt, lemon curd and lime blossom notes on the nose wind into a beguiling, creamy palate of roasted cashew, lime, grapefruit and a finely woven minerality that leads to an impressive finish. Another belter from Curly Flat.
Ocean Eight Verve Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula
The Aylward’s family history on the Mornington Peninsula started much earlier than the 12-year enterprise that is Ocean Eight. The original owners of Kooyong Estate, the Aylward family – led by son Michael, head winemaker – has been championing estate grown wines since the early 2000s. His wines are exceedingly elegant. His Verve Chardonnay is produced from the first grapes picked on the Peninsula to retain a steely, firm acidity, with very little evident oak influence and almost no malolactic fermentation. His approach to lean, refined cool climate varieties led Michael to win Young Gun Winemaker of the Year in 2011, only a few years after Ocean Eight was established. His Verve Chardonnay - named for its vivacious, lively acidity - is his flagship for a reason, exemplifying the crisp minerality and aromatics of the Mornington Peninsula.
Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Phil Sexton’s Giant Steps winery is amongst the greatest in the Yarra Valley. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed has guided the wines from strength to strength, with his terroir-focused, sustainable winemaking winning him Gourmet Traveller’s Winemaker of the Year in 2016. The stunning Applejack Vineyard is a higher altitude site than many in the valley, retaining freshness in the grapes, leading to pristine, aromatic and complex wines. The slow ripening period of the 2017 vintage further contributed to the quality of this inimitable wine. Vibrant acidity and bright fruit are the hallmarks of this wine, with grapefruit juice, white peach, green apple, almond, lemon rind and a creamy, savoury and nutty undercurrent. Incredibly fresh and nervy, this is only going to improve with a couple of years age.
Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay, Central Otago
Felton Road are a sustainable and conscientious producer; possessing full Demeter Biodynamic and Organic Certification, and utilising minimal intervention winemaking, but also not expanding their vineyards beyond a scope that is cohesive with the native habitat surrounding the vineyards.
Although the Pinot Noirs of Central Otago’s Felton Road need no introduction, their incredible Chardonnays are often overlooked as a result. Felton Road’s Bannockburn Chardonnay is a rich and powerful Chardonnay, with complex aromatics of popcorn, toasted sourdough, white peach and hazelnuts. An opulent palate is well supported by linear citrus acidity that carries the weight of the wine perfectly, finishing in a juicy, mineral length.
Domaine Naturaliste Artus 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.
The 2016 vintage of his Artus Chardonnay has scored 97 points in Halliday, and is a wine that punches well above its weight. With rippling acidity, it flaunts white peach, nectarine and citrus, but with a balance of savoury struck match, cracked wheat, cedar and fresh sourdough all coming through on the long finish. Sensational stuff.
Sorrenberg 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.
Barry and Jan Morey of Sorrenberg have created a winery truly worthy of celebration. Crafting only four wines, they are highly sought after and celebrated. The Sorrenberg Chardonnay can’t keep up with its fans, and sells out every year. Rich, textural and complex, this is a Chardonnay worthy of time and reflection. Drinking beautifully now, but as always will reward a decade in the cellar.