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Chardonnay Challenge

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gourmet Traveller WINE has featured Nick Stock's comprehensive review of the Toolangi Chardonnay 12 Masterclass in the latest issue (August/September 2012).

Nick's in-depth article takes us through the day, bracket by bracket, with an assessment of the 21 wines featured from the Yarra and around the world.

"Knowing how thorough the selection process had been and how strong the local wines have become, there was an air of expectation, excitement and, for winemakers in the room whose wares were in contention, a distinctly nervous edge. An esteemed yet open field meant that success was unpredictable," Nick said.

The Yarra Valley chardonnays "strove confidently through the rest of the group in sharp formation."

Nick said the the tasting's most impressive revelation was that the Yarra Valley had proven identifiable character throughout all three brackets and reached great heights in the process.

Click through to read the full article.

Aussie chardonnay is now unquestionably world class

Monday, July 30, 2012

Philip Rich reviewed the Toolangi Chardonnay 12 event in the latest Australian Financial Review Magazine.

"Stars of the Yarra's Chardonnay 12" were Hoddles Creek Estate, Toolangi Vineyards and Coldstream Hills.

Philip wrote about the Toolangi 2010 Estate Chardonnay which was featured in the Chardonnay 12 Masterclass. "Made by Yarra Valley chardonnay maestro Dave Bicknell (from Oakridge), this is more restrained than the richer, more powerful 2010 Reserve Chardonnay made by another maestro, Giaconda's Rick Kinzbrunner. Good now, this should fill out beautifully over the next two to four years."

"Chardonnay 12 was a reminder of just how far Australian chardonnay has come over the past decade. This is to be applauded."

Read the full article here Australian Financial Review Toolangi Chardonnay 12

Church St Enoteca and Toolangi Wines

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Join us at Church St Enoteca in Richmond, on Wednesday 1 August 2012.

The Church St Enoteca Executive Chef, Sebastian McQuarrie (ex Donovans), has created a menu to complement Toolangi wines. Starting with white bean and Jerusalem artichoke soup with Truffle oil, then moving on to roasted suckling Pig with wintery vegetables and a whole dry aged Beef rib roast. Four courses and wine for $95 per person.

All of this perfectly matched with Toolangi Wines. You'll have an opportunity to taste the renowned 2007 Reserve Chardonnay or compare two vintages of the Toolangi Reserve Shiraz.

Church St Enoteca offers a relaxed atmosphere for what should be a very enjoyable evening.

Please contact Claire or Carolyn at Church St Enoteca on 03 9428 7898.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Monday, July 16, 2012

We were thrilled to have our wines reviewed by leading U.S. wine writer, Robert Parker.

In his recent Wine Advocate newsletter Parker rated the Toolangi 2007 Reserve Chardonnay and 2007 Estate Chardonnay as "Outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines." 

Robert Parker discussed a wide range of Toolangi wines and said the "2007 Reserve Chardonnay displays toasty/yeasty notes over a core of white peaches, apple tart, mace, citrus zest and cashews. Medium-bodied, creamy textured and richly fruited in the mouth, it has a great line of crisp acidity lending lift to the long, peachy finish."


Another Great Chardonnay Tasting

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Enjoy the 2007 Toolangi Estate Chardonnay along with other fine Australian chardonnays at the latest Gourmet Traveller WINE Chardonnay tasting event. Meet Peter Bourne at the Establishment in Sydney on 3 July 2012. Peter will lead you through an array of flavours appealing to all tastes. Bookings 02 8116 9386.

Experience some Great Australian Whites

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Experience the 2007 Toolangi Reserve Chardonnay along with some other top drops at the Gourmet Traveller WINE "Great Australian Whites" tasting in Sydney. Hosted by Peter Bourne and Judy Sarris at the Byron Kennedy Hall, Moore Park - 6 May 2012. Bookings 02 8116 9386.

Bibendum Wine Co now distributing Toolangi Wines

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Garry and I are very happy to announce that Bibendum Wine Co are now distributing our wines to restaurants and retailers in New South Wales, ACT and Victoria.

Bibendum have two main factors they consider when taking on a wine. First of all the wine "must be superb quality." Secondly is integrity or authenticity of the wine. "That is to say how hard the producer works in their vineyards to ensure that their wines intensely reflect the personality of the vineyards in which they are grown."

Our philosophy exactly!

The passionate team at Bibendum are happy for you to call them with any enquiries about our range.

Contact details for orders:
Office 1300 610 919
Rob Walters - 0405 282 415


Top Aussie Red says Huon Hooke

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Smooth meaty and berry aromas, very pinoty and quite complex...

WINE OF THE WEEK - Sydney Morning Herald

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Our "junior" chardonnay was awarded wine of the week last week. It's a very well priced wine and as Huon Hooke says it is perfect to drink with seafood pasta or some creamy brie. Enjoy!

Huon Hooke's Chardomaniacs

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Huon Hooke refers to the Toolangi 2007 Reserve Chardonnay as one of the most complex and deliriously hedonistic, chardonnays I've drunk in years. Hooke has written an excellent article in the Sydney Morning Herald explaining the shift occurring in Australian chardonnay styles.

"Another rich style I like is Toolangi, of the Yarra Valley. The owner, Garry Hounsell, has a unique approach: he produces three wines off his single 12-hectare vineyard and employs three winemakers with vastly contrasting approaches to make them. The result is three nicely differentiated styles, all of them excellent.

The entry-level $25 wine is made in large licks by Yering Station (where Willy Lunn has succeeded Tom Carson as winemaker) - about 3500 dozen. Even this very affordable wine is a lovely, rich and quite complex style and the latest release 2009 (13.2 per cent alcohol) should satisfy the most exacting ''chardomaniac''.

The Estate bottling is made by David Bicknell at Oakridge, a leader in lower-alcohol chardonnay. The 2007 is current at $50 and is a typical Bicknell - tight, refined style with 12.5 per cent alcohol. Hounsell rates it very highly. The Reserve, also a 2007 vintage ($90), is made by Giaconda's Rick Kinzbrunner in his typically riper style with 14.2 per cent alcohol. It's one of the biggest, but also the most complex and deliriously hedonistic, chardonnays I've drunk in years, with masses of roast hazelnut and creme brulee toffee/caramel notes. It demands rich food such as buttery lobster or creamy roast chicken. I love it."



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