Toolangi Chardonnay 2016
6 PACK BUY.
Toolangi Vineyard is owned by Gary & Julie Hounsell who have a clear and simple strategy; grow the highest quality Yarra Valley grapes and put them in the hands of the best winemaker for each varietal – Yering Station, Oakridge and Hoddles Creek make their wine. This has served Toolangi well and today it stands as one of the star wineries of the Yarra Valley – awarded the coveted Halliday 5 red star rating (top 3% of Australia’s premium wineries).
Made at Yering Station, the fruit for this wine was whole bunch pressed and then the juice transferred to a combination of 500-litre French puncheons and barriques for fermentation, 30% new oak. Both natural and inoculated yeasts were used for fermentation, with the wine resting on its nourishing lees for 10 months. No malolactic fermentation was carried out on this wine, which in part accounts for its strikingly racy, citrussy personality. Kudos to Garry and Julie Hounsell for not increasing the price of this wine, in spite of its spiralling quality.
“I like Toolangi’s MO, namely – as I see it – to look after the fruit and then to contract the best winemakers across the Yarra region to make the best wine out of it. It evokes a golden aura and aroma, creamy and wheaten. There’s grilled stonefruit with, what’s like, a dribble of flax oil across it, subtle Vanilla oak tops it off. Fuller figured, it has a good spread – fair oozing across the palate. It’s matched with a good line of acidity and feint minerality. The Vanilla adds its signature through the final third. Well executed balanced wine, just delivers and judiciously handled.” Stuart Robinson, Vinsomniac.
RRP $30 **6 PACK BUY**
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Australia, Yarra Valley