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Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

RRP (750 mL)
$27.00
750 mL
$18.00
6 x 750 mL
$108.00

Overview

Overview

Hubert de Castella's passion for the Yarra Valley saw him establish St Huberts in 1862. By the late 1800s it had grown to be the largest estate in the area. The wines enjoyed immediate and on-going success at wine shows both domestically and abroad. The onset of the Great Depression, the increasing popularity of fortified wine and the emerging profitability of dairy farming saw the vineyard revert to grazing in the 1920s. It wasn't until the 1960s that the Yarra Valley again rose to prominence as a wine region and St Huberts was once again one of the pioneers.

Typical of a warmer year - this Chardonnay is medium bodied and generous. With a mouth filling palate that quite literally sings a sweet sonata - the lively quince and nectarine flavours are abound. The finish gathers nicely, with lingering grapefruit and honey notes. This wine has flesh and focus.

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2018
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 13%
Peak Drinking Enjoy Now
Winemaker Greg Jarratt

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

90 points James Halliday

James Halliday

White peach and grapefruit each grapple for leadership in the overall flavour combination, creamy cashew notes gesticulating from the sides of the ring.

Halliday Wine Companion

"Delicious from the start. Richly flavoured, but not heavy, with stone fruit, a squeeze of lemon freshness, ginger spice and more. Fuller-bodied and while not complex, it hits the spot."

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Chicken
Fish
Seafood
Pork
Cheese
Pasta
Veg

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

The nose displays classic Yarra chardonnay characters of pear and nectarine, along with citrus and flinty notes. Fruit aromas are enhanced by grilled nuts and nougat barrel ferment characters.

Flavours and Palate

The palate is even and textured, with nectarine and citrus flavours. Although quite elegant, the wine maintains an underlying power, with clean lines and displays a lengthy pear and oak finish.

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.

A cool Spring followed by a mild Summer led to a late vintage in the Yarra Valley for 2017. Yields were average to below average, and the mild conditions led to steady ripening and good quality in all varieties.

Fruit for this Chardonnay was sourced from premium sites in the Lower Yarra Valley. A selection of clones was used, with over half being French Dijon and around 20% Mendoza. A mix of destemmed fruit and whole bunch pressing is employed, then high solids juice was fermented in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak. The wine spent its entire oak maturation on yeast lees and was racked just prior to blending. A small portion of the wine went through malo-lactic fermentation to add texture and palate weight.

Greg Jarratt - Winemaker

Greg is a natural DIYer who relishes the challenge of making things. Whether it involves soldering jewellery, or making award-winning St Huberts Cabernet, Greg is very creative and hands on.
Following a Bachelor of Applied Science in Wine at Charles Sturt University and vintage work around Australia and in Bordeaux, Greg was appointed Assistant Winemaker and Cellar Hand at Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley in 1995. During his three-year tenure, Greg went back to Bordeaux in 1996 and then Languedoc-Roussillon working for La Perouse wines in 1997. In 1998, he moved to the Hunter Valley and made wines for Lindeman’s, Tulloch and Hungerford Hill. Nonetheless he had developed a taste for the Yarra Valley, so in 2001 Greg returned to Coldstream Hills and in 2006 was appointed Winemaker of St Huberts. Greg is a Len Evans Tutorial scholar, and has been an Associate Judge and Judge at wine shows including the Canberra National Wine Show and the Royal Sydney & Melbourne Wine Shows.