What the Critics say
'23-year-old vines, 20% new French oak, indigenous yeast through both the primary and malolactic fermentation process. Superb chardonnay. Straw-yellow in colour, flinty, powerful of fruit and glorious through the finish. It tastes of white peach, toffee-coated custard apples, oatmeal and smoke-drifted cedarwood, and while it’s tight through the finish the flavours someone manage to reach on through. It remains fresh, steely and refreshing and yet it offers so much. Yes, yes and yes.'
The Pauls Lane Chardonnay was hand harvested from Toolangi's original 1995 plantings (I1OV3 clone grapes on D Block rows 35-55), crushed and pressed with full solids straight to oak (20% new). Fermentations were wild and the wine spent eight months on lees in barrel before bottling.
Again this has real depth of fruit (nectarine, grapefruit, lemon pith), but also plenty of smoky, matchsticky like oak/reduction and racy, punchy drive. It's also super complex with a twist of savoury, fresh cut herbs on the long, refreshing close. First rate and absolutely unique Yarra Chardonnay.