Only the fourth release of this single vineyard Chardonnay, the 2018 Pooley Cooinda Vale is made with fruit once destined for Penfold’s iconic Yattarna Chardonnay. A more elegant wine than the 2017. A refined palate but with incredible complexity and power to boot. Racy acidity, pristine citrus, almond meal with old world class. The structure, length, line and power of this wine is phenomenal.
Matchstick, ginger biscuits, lime and white peach, kiss of vanilla oak, and white flowers. It’s cool, refined, distinctly pure and minerally, not a huge amount of flavour, though what’s there is very appealing. Fine flinty texture, oatmeal and slightly toasty savoury things on a long lemon water-coloured finish. Beautiful thing. Diaphanous. High appeal on the glass to glass measure, but also delight in refinement and style. 95+ Points – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front