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Reserve Chardonnay 2020

Reserve Chardonnay 2020

Reserve Chardonnay 2020

RRP (750 mL)
$60.00
750 mL
$60.00
6 x 750 mL
$360.00

Overview

Overview

The Coldstream Hills Reserve Chardonnay is the culmination of a strict selection process, where wine quality is paramount. Produced only in years where the quality is deemed to be exceptional, the wine is made from a selection of low yielding and mature vineyards.

Power, restraint, evenness with layers of flavour and length. The lingering palate has real presence, with white peach, lemon barley and nougat, subtle French oak and beautifully balanced lemon acidity. One for the cellar.

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2020
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 13%
Peak Drinking Now - 2033
Winemaker Andrew Fleming

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Chicken
Fish
Seafood
Pork
Cheese
Pasta
Veg

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Attractive lemon barley notes with underling white nectarine, nougat, and hazelnuts. Hints of mineral wet slate and beautifully integrated French oak add complexity.

Flavours and Palate

Restrained and pristine, the palate offers an array of lemon curd, white nectarine, nougat, and white flower notes. Layered and textural, the palate has great length and finishes with finely tuned juicy acidity. A Reserve that needs time.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Cooler than Bordeaux yet warmer than Burgundy, picturesque Yarra Valley is one of Australia's foremost cool-climate wine regions. An easy one-hour’s drive from Melbourne, the area is home to more than 80 cellar doors. In addition to the huge range of wineries, the area boasts superb contemporary restaurants, authentic rustic farms - and luxury overnight accommodation if the sightseeing gets too much! The fertile Yarra Valley soils produce famously elegant and textured Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions

A warm start to Spring with above average rainfall led to good vegetative growth. Bunch numbers were average, but dry conditions in December appear to have checked berry development. Relatively mild to cool conditions ensued throughout the ripening period, allowing gradual flavour development and sugar accumulation. A sequence of rainfall events required extra vigilance in the vineyards, but fruit quality in the main was excellent. Yields were generally lower than average, with tiny bunches seen across many vineyard sites.

Andrew Fleming - Chief Winemaker

Growing up in wine country Mildura, at just 13 years of age, Andrew attempted to make his own wine; the end result was undrinkable, his father’s shed a shambles, but the winemaking seed was sown. 
After completing a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne, Andrew spent two years at Mildara in Coonawarra before heading to Bordeaux where he furthered his winemaking qualifications with a Diplome National d’Oenologue from the University of Bordeaux. Since then he’s completed vintages at the iconic Chateau Haut Brion in Bordeaux, several vintages in Languedoc, in addition to completing a vintage at Matanzas Creek winery in California’s Sonoma Valley. For six years Andrew was a Winemaker at Lindeman’s Karadoc winery and in 1996, became the Winery Manager of Seppelt in Great Western; providing the perfect segue for his current role as Chief Winemaker Coldstream Hills which he has held since 2001.