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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition

Monday, August 20, 2012

Toolangi again receives a 5 RED STAR winery rating in the 2013 Edition of the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion.

Vibrant green hue; a beguiling combination of fresh grapefruit and pear, mixed with savoury notes of charcuterie, spicy oak and grilled nuts; the palate is electric on entry, with a fine balance of acidity and fruit weight seamlessly working toward a long energetic and expansive conclusion. Rating 96. To 2018.

Deep gold, green hue; the concentration and depth of fruit in this wine is compelling, showing a savoury grilled nut and charcuterie driven personality; rich, unctuous and mouth coating, the backbone of acidity merely plays a supporting role to such hedonistic offerings; long, toasty, tasty and complex. Rating 94. To 2015.

Deep crimson; the bouquet shows savoury notes of game, leather, spice, layered with red and dark fruits; medium-bodied with tangy acidity, the palate is taut and fresh, slowly revealing the fine tannin and ample fruit lying beneath; time is needed for true revelation. Rating 92. To 2020.

A fleshy and generous wine showing melon, grapefruit and spice; forward and accessible, with tangy acidity and a long toasty finish; a good wine for drinking while the Estate wine slowly matures. Rating 90. To 2015.

Mid-crimson, bright; a vibrant and alluring bouquet of red cherry, spiced plums and earthy minerality; the palate is finely textured, silky and fresh, with an evenly balanced and inviting finish; a good example of user friendly and good value Yarra Valley pinot. Rating 90. To 2016.



2009 DENTON CHARDONNAY | 2012 Edition
Mid-gold, bright; tightly wound and pure pear bouquet with accents of clove and ginger; vibrant and crunchy acidity provides detail, while the succulent fruit gives the wine length and generosity; a vibrant and pure expression of the region. Rating 94. To 2016.

2007 RESERVE CHARDONNAY | 2010 Edition
Ripe and highly expressive bouquet with lots of toasty oak, grilled nuts and nectarine; the wine has pure power at all levels, and needs time to integrate all of its parts, and will go a long way. Rating 94. To 2015.

2007 ESTATE CHARDONNAY | 2010 Edition
Vibrant hue; a restrained bouquet with pear, nectarine and gentle spice from the well-handled oak; fine and tightly wound with rapier-like acidity, and a pure fruit palate; very long and extremely fine and poised. Rating 95. To 2015.  

2010 VIOGNIER | 2012 Edition
Pale colour; a tightly wound yet varietal bouquet, showing both talc and apricot kernel; the winemaking strives for a taut and refreshing palate and achieves this result; a fresh and zesty example of Viognier. Rating 90. To 2015.

2008 ESTATE PINOT NOIR | 2012 Edition
Showing developed characters of leather, forest floor and liqueur soaked plums; fleshy, rich and sweet fruited palate, the wine is ready to go now. Rating 89.

2008 ESTATE SHIRAZ | 2012 Edition
A medium bodied and spicy red and black fruit bouquet, supported by a complex brambly and tannin palate; savoury and refreshing on the finish, a fine example of cool Victorian Shiraz.  Rating 94. To 2018.

2008 RESERVE SHIRAZ | 2011 Edition
Classic cool climate shiraz, with a complex spider's web of black cherry, spice and pepper aromas and flavours; the tannins on the mid-palate are perfect, master-minding the long finish. Rating 96. To 2028.

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."


Toolangi Award at Chardonnay 12 Gala Dinner

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In recognition of an individual who has made a valuable contribution to the Yarra Valley and its wines, this year's award was given to the Rathbone family.

Huon Hooke attended the dinner and has written about Ann and Doug's achievements in his Hooked on Wine blog, Rathbone Recognition.

We captured the moment of Ann and Doug Rathbone receiving the award from Garry at the Chardonnay 12 Gala Dinner.

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.

Last Harvest for 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Last week Garry and Andrew drove our Reserve Block Shiraz grapes up to Giaconda in Beechworth.

The final harvest of the year.

Here is Ric supervising the placement into the cellar??

Ric and Garry are very happy with the quality of the grapes.

You can see the beautiful Beechworth landscape in this photo.

Looking forward to tasting this one in a a couple of years!


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



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