JAMES HALLIDAY, AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION
Fresh and lean, with nectarine and a touch of spice; quite fleshy and fine on the finish. Screwcap. Rating: 89. To: 2012.
PAUL IPPOLITO, THE FIVE MINUTE WINE RUSH
www.paulippolito.com.au, 29 May 2009
This is take no prisoners Chardonnay. It makes a bold statement from moment one and never retracts it thereafter. It is afraid of no-one and delivers its impact on its own, of its own and in a way that says here I am and I am here to stay whether you like it or not. Oak makes a prominent appearance, French oak at that. Coupled with butterscotch and classic peach and melon, it delivers the fruit varietally and classically. Robust, distinct and lively crisp acidity, all together it is a wine that is of substance all the way through to the end. Youthful and vibrant, yes, full of energy, yes and very dynamic as well. Try this with creamy pumpkin risotto.
Drink to 2011. 92/100 – Excellent.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON, THE WINE FRONT
28 May 2009
This was made at Yering Station and was matured for eleven months in all-French oak. Like the alcohol reading. Crisp and clean with solid flavours of melon and cedarwood. A dip through the back palate takes away from the overall effect but it still presents as attractive drinking. Toasting finish. Missing the finesse it usually shows.
Rated: 86 Points
HUON HOOKE, 100 TOP NEW RELEASE WINES
GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE, Oct/Nov 2009
89**** This wine grows on you. The acidity seemed a touch shrill and disjointed at first, along with salty, savoury-oaky flavours, but it came together with airing and repeated tasting. Nutty, stone-fruit and nougat aromas; firm, tight, dry finishing palate, starting to show positive bottle age.
NICK STOCK, WINE 100
This has a clear-cut, restrained style offering decent concentration and fruit in the pear and white stone fruit spectrum. Not too overdone in any regard, it trades on balance and even shape.
MATT SKINNER, THE AGE, THE SUNDAY AGE MAGAZINE
28 March 2010
Matt Skinner recommends...
Hand-picked fruit from low-yielding Yarra Valley vines is the star ingredient in this much-loved wine from Toolangi. Pure and multi-layered, it delivers a nose of bright stone fruit, citrus, nutty oak and spice, while a long and beautifully balanced mouthful of wine completes the picture. Serve it with roast pumpkin pasta.
RICK ALLEN, THE MANLY DAILY
7 August 2009
In a few short years this Yarra Valley wine has established a reputation both for its quality and consistently overdelivering for the price. I don’t think this is their best vintage but, having said that, it’s lovely drinking all the same. It has a nutty citrus bouquet and rich stonefruit flavours on the palate with a crisp, acid finish. You’ll finish the bottle before you know it. Or is that just me?