The 2018 Pauls Lane Chardonnay has real depth of fruit (nectarine, grapefruit, lemon pith), but also plenty of smoky, matchsticky like oak/reduction and racy, punchy drive. It’s also super complex with a twist of savoury, fresh cut herbs on the long, refreshing close. First rate and absolutely unique Yarra Chardonnay. Hand harvested, crushed and pressed with full solids straight to oak (20% new). Fermentations were wild and the wine spent eight months on lees in barrel before bottling.
Crushed and pressed with full solids straight to oak (20% new), both primary and malolactic fermentations going through wild. It’s wondrous wine. Flinty, direct, pure and authoritative. It tastes of oatmeal, white peach, toffee apple and cedar wood though (a) everything is cut and freshened by citrus and (b) those flinty, struck match notes are stitched into every cranny. The finish, wow, it doesn’t, or not in a hurry. One swallow brings a summer of flavour. 98 points, Halliday Wine Companion 2020
Superb chardonnay. Straw-yellow in colour, flinty, powerful of fruit and glorious through the finish. It tastes of white peach, toffee-coated custard apples, oatmeal and smoke-drifted cedarwood, and while it’s tight through the finish the flavours someone manage to reach on through. It remains fresh, steely and refreshing and yet it offers so much. Yes, yes and yes. 96 points, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront.com.au