Appearance: Dense hay bale green.
Nose: Subtle Islay whiskey peat smoke and hayshed characters envelop macadamias, white nectarine and loquats.
Palate: Luscious palate with supporting acidity reveals cinnamon, coconut, fresh baked bread and a hint of chinese gooseberries. Silky, full and long with the slightest grip of oak.
"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, November 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