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2013 Estate Chardonnay

2013 Estate Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Chardonnay
Vineyard Designation
100% Estate-grown and hand-picked from multiple blocks across the Estate
Harvest Date
22 Feb - 2 March 2013
pH
3.39
Alcohol %
13
James Halliday
95

2013 Estate Chardonnay

Made with the same approach as the Reserve wine, the differences in this wine result from some tank fermentation as well as a selection of different barrels and fruit parcels than those used to make the Reserve Chardonnay.

The wine has grapefruit and lemon zest aromas with underlying notes of cashew nuts. The palate has a creamy yet fine texture derived from 10 months on lees and a lovely drive with persistence of flavour. With oak and tank maturation, the wine shows an elegant complexity with appealing freshness.

Site selection: Fruit for the Estate wine was sourced from 10-27 year-old vines across various blocks. The TarraWarra Estate vineyard has a northerly aspect across high sloping hill-sides, which provides good drainage and air circulation.  The grapes are all hand harvested at approximately seven tonnes per hectare.

Vintage notes: The 2013 vintage was relatively warm in comparison to 2012. Careful vineyard management gives the fruit the qualities that are a hallmark of TarraWarra Estate Chardonnay.


Reviews:

JAMES HALLIDAY, Halliday Wine Companion 2016
There's a fine line between pleasure and pain and this is squarely in the former camp. It shows a wealth of oak, in some ways, and yet it pulls it off with flair. It tastes of oatmeal, peach, grapefruit and cedar spice; it's slippery smooth; it lingers terrifically. Chardonnay drinkers far and wide will adore this. 95 Points.

ROB GEDDES MW Australian Wine Vintages 33rd Edition 2016
Compact cool climate fruit with subtle flint, marzipan and pear aromas.  The fresh subtle palate leads to pears; good texture and mouth feel that builds complexity and persistence.  Refined style from a quality maker. 92 points.

STEVE LESZCZYNSKI QWine, May 2015
You'd pay twice the RRP and still be very happy with this. It just ticks all the boxes and will leave glasses empty in no time. Terrifically balanced and well made. A sessional type. Freshly cut nectarine and peach, lemony tang followed by a grapefruit overtone. Butter cream rolls through courtesy of ten months on lees. That nectarine just hangs on in desperation as does the creamy oak.  In all, it's smart. Very smart. And well priced too. Worth tracking down. Very good.

REGAN DREW Vinonotebook.com, February 2015
Handpicked and sourced from different blocks of the estate. Stainless steel tank and French oak (wild yeast) fermentation without passing into Malolactic fermentation.

Ripe peach to soft rockmelon to cashew cream with a hint of flinty, struck match character. Full and ripe palate without being overbearing: There’s an authoritative shout of fruit, then a whisper of structure, then an embrace of the wine simply being. A wine that is exactly colour by numbers Yarra Chardonnay and I simply can’t fault how true it is to its intentions.

CAMPBELL MATTINSON The Wine Front, February 2015
If I was a sommelier I would have this on the list lickety-split. It keeps all-comers happy and yet it’s quality. Those who want rich: tick. Those who want lengthy: tick. Those who like oak: tick. It’s far more than colour by numbers but it’s a wine that inherently understands chardonnay, and its drinkers. It’s bold and persistent and charming and attractive. Stonefruit, oatmeal, grapefruit and a sizeable serve of slippery-smooth oak. Nails it.

MICHAEL ELLIS Winepunter.com, February 2015
The fruit for this wine is hand picked from various vineyards within the Tarrawarra Estate.

It's a lovely tension between lean and lush with a consistent savoury element running throughout.  You notice a burnt toffee and butterscotch character on the finish which is both long and powerful.  In the mouth however, it's less full-bore.  

The lemon citrus acidity features and is balanced by a texture that is nutty and almost creamy due to time spent on lees in barrel.  It's difficult to identify one particular feature that stands out which suggests this is a well balanced wine.  

Balance and subtlety is often underrated by fellow punters in the pursuit of 'wow', but after the bells and whistles of other wines becomes too noisy, that subtlety is comforting.

I tasted this amongst 5 other whites last night.  It was the only empty bottle at the end of the night.

That'll do.

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2013 Estate Chardonnay

2013 Estate Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Chardonnay
Vineyard Designation
100% Estate-grown and hand-picked from multiple blocks across the Estate
Harvest Date
22 Feb - 2 March 2013
pH
3.39
Alcohol %
13
James Halliday
95

2013 Estate Chardonnay

Made with the same approach as the Reserve wine, the differences in this wine result from some tank fermentation as well as a selection of different barrels and fruit parcels than those used to make the Reserve Chardonnay.

The wine has grapefruit and lemon zest aromas with underlying notes of cashew nuts. The palate has a creamy yet fine texture derived from 10 months on lees and a lovely drive with persistence of flavour. With oak and tank maturation, the wine shows an elegant complexity with appealing freshness.

Site selection: Fruit for the Estate wine was sourced from 10-27 year-old vines across various blocks. The TarraWarra Estate vineyard has a northerly aspect across high sloping hill-sides, which provides good drainage and air circulation.  The grapes are all hand harvested at approximately seven tonnes per hectare.

Vintage notes: The 2013 vintage was relatively warm in comparison to 2012. Careful vineyard management gives the fruit the qualities that are a hallmark of TarraWarra Estate Chardonnay.


Reviews:

JAMES HALLIDAY, Halliday Wine Companion 2016
There's a fine line between pleasure and pain and this is squarely in the former camp. It shows a wealth of oak, in some ways, and yet it pulls it off with flair. It tastes of oatmeal, peach, grapefruit and cedar spice; it's slippery smooth; it lingers terrifically. Chardonnay drinkers far and wide will adore this. 95 Points.

ROB GEDDES MW Australian Wine Vintages 33rd Edition 2016
Compact cool climate fruit with subtle flint, marzipan and pear aromas.  The fresh subtle palate leads to pears; good texture and mouth feel that builds complexity and persistence.  Refined style from a quality maker. 92 points.

STEVE LESZCZYNSKI QWine, May 2015
You'd pay twice the RRP and still be very happy with this. It just ticks all the boxes and will leave glasses empty in no time. Terrifically balanced and well made. A sessional type. Freshly cut nectarine and peach, lemony tang followed by a grapefruit overtone. Butter cream rolls through courtesy of ten months on lees. That nectarine just hangs on in desperation as does the creamy oak.  In all, it's smart. Very smart. And well priced too. Worth tracking down. Very good.

REGAN DREW Vinonotebook.com, February 2015
Handpicked and sourced from different blocks of the estate. Stainless steel tank and French oak (wild yeast) fermentation without passing into Malolactic fermentation.

Ripe peach to soft rockmelon to cashew cream with a hint of flinty, struck match character. Full and ripe palate without being overbearing: There’s an authoritative shout of fruit, then a whisper of structure, then an embrace of the wine simply being. A wine that is exactly colour by numbers Yarra Chardonnay and I simply can’t fault how true it is to its intentions.

CAMPBELL MATTINSON The Wine Front, February 2015
If I was a sommelier I would have this on the list lickety-split. It keeps all-comers happy and yet it’s quality. Those who want rich: tick. Those who want lengthy: tick. Those who like oak: tick. It’s far more than colour by numbers but it’s a wine that inherently understands chardonnay, and its drinkers. It’s bold and persistent and charming and attractive. Stonefruit, oatmeal, grapefruit and a sizeable serve of slippery-smooth oak. Nails it.

MICHAEL ELLIS Winepunter.com, February 2015
The fruit for this wine is hand picked from various vineyards within the Tarrawarra Estate.

It's a lovely tension between lean and lush with a consistent savoury element running throughout.  You notice a burnt toffee and butterscotch character on the finish which is both long and powerful.  In the mouth however, it's less full-bore.  

The lemon citrus acidity features and is balanced by a texture that is nutty and almost creamy due to time spent on lees in barrel.  It's difficult to identify one particular feature that stands out which suggests this is a well balanced wine.  

Balance and subtlety is often underrated by fellow punters in the pursuit of 'wow', but after the bells and whistles of other wines becomes too noisy, that subtlety is comforting.

I tasted this amongst 5 other whites last night.  It was the only empty bottle at the end of the night.

That'll do.

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$28.00
 
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