2016 Reserve Chardonnay
"Hailing from the exulted alluvials across the Wilyabrup district, this breaks out all the contemporary bells and whistles with gusto: reductive mineral-clad flint, wild yeast truffled macadamia and glimpses of stone fruits and oak as an adjunct rather than a scream across the wine's bow. There is plenty of flavour. The finish is tensile, tactile and palate-staining." - 95 points - Ned Goodwin, winecompanion.com
"Only 336 bottles made, and Mick Scott pulled out all the stops to make sure they’re special bottles: the fruit comes from 22-year old vines on the gravel hill, the wine was fermented in barrel without filtering or settling, followed by less stirring. The barrels – 2 thirds new - come from the best coopers in Burgundy, Damy and Sirugue.
In short, this Chardonnay is a tour de force. The oak is the first thing that hits you; there’s a lot of it, as there is in classy Burgundies that are made to reach their peak in a decade. Biscuits, brioche and nutmeal are wrapped around a core of stone fruit. It’s rich and generous in dimension, smooth and creamy and long. It’ll take a couple of years for all the goodies to make peace with each other, and then this wine will smack our gobs". 95++ points - Kim Brebach, bestwinesunder20.com.au, Nov 2017.
"A new wine from Rosily, I believe. And let me just say, if you like struck match/sulphides in your Chardonnay, and if too much is barely enough for you, then walk this way… Only 336 bottles made. Woof! A blast of struck match and smoky sulphide here, quince, nectarine and grapefruit, ginger biscuits and spicy caramel oak. Medium bodied, intensity and power, grapefruit and quince, almost tastes of green tobacco with the barrel work and reduction, truffle and barely ripe pineapple, acidity to cut it sharp, and a long juicy/savoury finish, laden with toasty spiced tobacco oak. It’s a bit over-done for me, in some respects, but accept that others will find it an exciting wine. Quality is there". - 94 points, Gary Walsh, The Winefront, Oct 2017
"Medium to full yellow colour with a big oaky, smoky, toasty bouquet. There is extraverted grapefruity aroma and flavour there, too. A big mouthful of chardonnay, full-bodied and out-there, with all of its goodies on show. The oak is more balanced in the mouth and it drinks well now. Cellar to 2024 - 93 points" - Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com January 2018
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