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Pinot Palooza Pinotphiles

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

To celebrate all things Pinot, Toolangi will be joining a host of other winemakers at Pinot Palooza to present our current release Pinots. 

For a small entry fee (and a Riedel glass!) you get to taste four of our unique expressions.

The newly released 2013 Block E Pinot Noir was made at Giaconda and Huon Hooke describes the wine as "lively and full of flavour".

James Halliday rates the other three Pinots in the line up at 95.

2012 Pauls Lane Pinot Noir
"...balanced harmony; silky tannins sustain the long finish."

2013 Estate Pinot Noir
"...elegantly insistent each time it is smelt and tasted, every part of the fruit, and tannins precisely locked in step with each other."

2013 Pinot Noir

Pinot Palooza is a high energy event not to be missed.

In Melbourne this Saturday. Tickets online.

Toolangi Shiraz

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Patrick Eckel,, has recently tasted three examples of Toolangi Shiraz. 

All currently available at our online store.

2010 Shiraz
A reflective red hue in the glass, as is the case across all the Shiraz in the Toolangi range the wine pays homage to old world style with cured meats and leather aspects to dark plum fruit. The palate is generous but balanced giving ample dark fruits and sage inspired spice to the meaty, dark fruited finish. A very good value wine that will enjoy a good 5 or more years in the cellar.

2010 Estate Shiraz
This wine has some very similar characters to its younger sibling the 2010 'Yarra Shiraz' with respects to its old world expression of cured meats and earth, however in terms of fruit attractive dark cherry comes into play alongside varietal and regional plum fruit. This wine has a great presence - long, structured and complex. Dark fruits give way to grainy, savoury tannins with enough pepper and spice to provide contrast. The length to finish is very good. Drinking well now, this wine will continue to evolve over the medium term.

2010 Reserve Shiraz
The 2010 Toolangi Reserve Shiraz takes all that is good with the Yarra and Estate release and takes it to the next level, the dark fruited nose has a smoky savouriness that is both aromatic and engaging as the interplay between whole bunch inputs and fruit evolves with time in the glass. The palate is very Rhone like in the minerality and touch of iodine which is well matched by dark plum and cherry. The finish follows a similar vein to the palate with grainy tannins providing mouthfeel and accentuating the wines length, attractive baking spices linger alongside the dark fruits.

Toolangi 2014 Chardonnay

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

 Thanks to Paul Ippolito for a great review of our well priced Chardonnay.

Bob Campbell MW and ChardonnayPinot15

Monday, August 17, 2015

Master of Wine, Bob Campbell, was a valued panel member at our recent ChardonnayPinot15 International Benchmarking Masterclasses held in July.

Bob Campbell is the second wine writer in the world (after Jancis Robinson) to become a Master of Wine. He estimates tasting over 100,000 wines since he began to formally record tasting notes!

He has written two articles about the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Masterclasses in his interesting blog.

In the Chardonnay Tasting article Bob outlines the three flights of 21 wines and notes the crowd favourites and his impressions on the wines. Toolangi was pleased to be awarded the first place in Flight Three for our 2013 Block F Reserve Chardonnay, competing with three impressive French wines. Bob said, "I agreed with the majority vote and awarded first place to the Toolangi Reserve on the strength of the wine's wonderfully ethereal texture and layers of fruit, toast, mineral and brioche flavours.

The Pinot Noir article also notes the three flights of Pinot Noirs and Bob compares his preferences to the views of the enthusiastic audience. In Fight Two Bob's favourites were Yering Station and Toolangi.  

A clear winner for the Yarra! 

Halliday Wine Companion Outstanding Wines

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

We currently have four impressive and unique Chardonnays available.

Our 97 point scoring 2010 Reserve Chardonnay has just been released.

"...exceptional texture and flavour complexity."

Another current release, also receiving 97 points, is the 2011 Block F Chardonnay.

"...flavours are three-dimensional, encompassing every flavour and nuance of perfectly ripened chardonnay fruit."

The "fine and elegant" 2013 Estate Chardonnay, also newly released, was rated 96 points.

Our 2011 Pauls Lane Chardonnay scoring 96 points is another Chardonnay we currently have available. This wine was made by Franco D'Anna and was nominated by James Halliday as one of the Top 100 Wines for 2014.

You can purchase all of these wines online or join the Wine Club to experience our full range of whites.

Wow Factor Whites James Halliday's Wine Companion Magazine

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Great to see our introductory 2013 Chardonnay featured in the latest James Halliday Wine Companion magazine.


Estate-grown, made at Yering Station and matured in French oak for 11 months. Classic Yarra Valley chardonnay, with great length and depth; white peach and nectarine fruit fill the mouth, but the acidity cuts short any tendency to go over the top, the oak also contributing to the structure. Rating 95. 

Is Australia better than Burgundy?

Monday, August 03, 2015

Huon Hooke, in a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Good Food Guide, asks the question, "Just how good are Australian and New Zealand wines made from the Burgundy grapes chardonnay and pinot noir compared with the real thing?"

"As a generalisation, the Aussie wines were bright, clean and fresh, and you could have absolute confidence you were tasting the wine as the winemaker intended it. Several showed superbly, the Toolangi Reserve 2013 ($80) being the room's favourite in the final flight."

Read more about the two day ChardonnayPinot15 Masterclasses.

ChardonnayPinot15 Masterclasses Huon Hooke

Monday, August 03, 2015

Huon Hooke was one of the Judges at our 2015 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Masterclass event held in July 2015.

He has written some interesting observations about the two Masterclasses benchmarking Yarra Valley wines with the best of the world.

"The chardonnaypinotnoir15 event held in the Yarra Valley last weekend was a lot of fun, and highlighted just how the gap between the best of Burgundy and the rest of the world has narrowed. It’s not long ago that in such blind comparative tastings, experienced tasters had little difficulty identifying the French wines from those of Australia, New Zealand and other places. These days, it is quite difficult. As well, experienced tasters are increasingly likely to favour Aussie and Kiwi wines over the Burgundy benchmarks, it seems to me." Read more here

"One of the lessons from last weekend’s chardonnaypinotnoir15 event in the Yarra Valley was the different approach of Burgundy winemakers compared to Australians and New Zealanders. Our winemakers seek to highlight fruit in their wine whereas the Burgundians de-emphasise fruit and varietal character, seeking instead structure and aging ability." Read more here

Prior to the event the Panel members gathered for a special dinner at the Healesville Hotel with Andrew Fleming from Coldstream Hills, and Julie and Garry from Toolangi Vineyards.

"At the beginning of the recent Chardonnaypinotnoir2015 that I wrote about two weeks ago, hosted in the Yarra Valley by Toolangi and Coldstream Hills, a very special dinner was given for the members of the ‘expert panel’. The hosts were Toolangi owners Garry and Julie Hounsell, and Garry dipped into his private cellar for some astonishing bottles, mostly – no surprise here – red and white Burgundies. The dinner was held at the Healesville Hotel in a cosy private room and the food did the wines proud."  Read more about the dinner here


ChardonnayPinot15 Tasting Event July 11+12, 2015

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Enjoy the finest wines in the world without leaving the Yarra Valley


Coldstream Hills and Toolangi Vineyards join forces to offer you an exclusive weekend of international benchmark tasting masterclasses, showcasing leading Yarra Valley chardonnays and pinot noirs against the best in the world.

An expert judging panel of James Halliday, Huon Hooke, and Bob Campbell MW will guide enthusiasts through two in-depth masterclasses - chardonnay on Saturday, and pinot noir on Sunday. The masterclasses will showcase Yarra Valley’s finest examples of each variety, tasted with benchmark selections from around the globe. 21 exceptional wines will be tasted blind at each session, with identities known but order hidden.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to savour and compare some of the world's great chardonnays and pinot noirs.

With 2015 marking the 30th and 15th anniversaries of Coldstream Hills and Toolangi respectively, a special Birthday Dinner will be held on the Saturday evening. Guests will join the judging panel, together with Toolangi owners Garry and Julie Hounsell, and Coldstream Hills winemaker Andrew Fleming, for a celebratory evening. Dinner will include a sumptuous three course meal highlighting the Yarra Valley's best local produce, matched to current wines from Coldstream Hills and Toolangi - with some surprise additions from the cellar.

1-4pm, Saturday July 11

A tutored tasting of 21 Yarra Valley and international chardonnays will be led by the judging panel. This will be a great opportunity to savour some of the highest quality chardonnays produced. You will experience spirited discussions and examination of the best of the chardonnay variety, here is a small selection:

2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton-Charlemagne
2012 Bachelet Monnot Batard Montrachet
2013 Toolangi Reserve Chardonnay
2013 Hoddles Creek 1er Chardonnay
2013 Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay

1-4pm, Sunday July 12

A tutored tasting of 21 Yarra Valley and international pinot noirs will be led by the judging panel. You will experience informed discussions and commentary on the intriguing pinot noir variety. This will be a unique opportunity to taste some of the best pinot noirs in the world, tastings will include:

2012 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot
2012 Armand Rousseau Grand Cru
2012 Benjamin Leroux Volnay "Les Mitans"
2013 Coldstream Hills Reserve Pinot Noir
2013 Serrat Pinot Noir

7pm, Saturday July 11

Join the expert panel for a delicious celebratory dinner matched with the best of Coldstream Hills and Toolangi current releases. Dress: Smart casual.


+613 9827 9894 or email


RACV Healesville Country Club
122 Healesville-Kinglake Road
Healesville VIC 3777


A special offer is available from Healesville Country Club for those attending the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir events. Mention ChardonnayPinot15 event when booking. Or

Yarra Valley vs Marlborough

Monday, April 20, 2015

Join Gourmet Traveller Wine and host Mike Bennie at Gazebo Restaurant in Sydney on May 21, 2015 for a competitive event were the finest wines from Yarra Valley are pitted against the best from New Zealand's Marlborough region. 

Great opportunity to taste and discuss the Toolangi 2011 Block F Chardonnay. 



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