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2014 TarraWarra Estate Reserve Chardonnay

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This intriguing and complex chardonnay would be just the thing with poultry or even pork dishes. Multi-layered aromas of white stone fruits, grapefruit, struck match 'funk' and honeydew melons adorn the nose, along with a subtle hit of toastiness. The palate is light to medium-bodied, and full of spiced stone fruits and citrus, with a creamy texture, tight, poised acidity, and a long, full finish that hangs around for a while. Lovely stuff!

Winemaker's Notes

Racked directly to barrel after whole-bunch pressing, this wine is the purest expression of TarraWarra Chardonnay. Made without yeast or acid addition, the fruit batches from each block are kept entirely separate in barrel over the 10 months in oak. It is crossflow filtered without fining before bottling at the Estate.

A wine of very fine complexity it displays fig and white peach aromas. It has the length that is the hallmark of our Chardonnay. A wine to drink and enjoy now or cellar for 10 or more years.

Alc/vol: 12.8%

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2014 TarraWarra Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

The Wine Front (2013 Vintage) says
Never sure of the packaging on these reserve wines, but the content is invariably excellent.
2015 - 2022
The Wine Front
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
From the '83 planting; whole bunch pressed to French oak (25% new) for wild yeast fermentation, 10 months maturation. The bouquet has some toasty complexity, but the very long palate is an exercise in purity and focus, the flavours of white peach and a touch of cream.
Wine Companion
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Widely admired style that offers a significantly full bodied white with a very layered finish. Tarrawarra's style deliciously balances lush fruit with finesse. Lovely complexities with primary pear fruit and a savoury component contributing nougat instead of the usual solids, struck match or flint. The palate's silky rich full of fruit that is aided by creamy lees stirring and while ripe and only shows this on the finish. Very hedonistic style of wine with a long finish.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Shares the finesse and fragrance of its sibling, but has greater complexity and a little more new oak influence; its length and balance are particularly good.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Complex and finely balanced, this long-term chardonnay has a pungent, smoky, slightly reductive bouquet of white and yellow peach, melon, smoked bacon and creamy, nutty leesy notes backed by tight-knit charry oak and hints on lanolin. It?s smooth and sumptuous, with a long, voluptuous depth of fruit seamlessly knit with an array of sassy winemaking-derived complexity, finishing with harmony, style and a taut acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A reserved wine by name and nature, with subdued citrus, stone fruits and spice on the bouquet; the palate is lively and shows grip and texture, with the finish ultimately being long, generous, fresh and expansive.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Big, beautifully balanced and complex, with a smoky fragrance of melon, grapefruit, quince and pecan pie backed by creamy, leesy notes, smoky oak and suggestions of charcuterie meats. A ripe, assertive presence of profoundly concentrated flavour overlies a fine, pulpy texture and seamlessly knits with tight-grained newish oak, extending long towards a finely crafted and focused finish of soft acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
The house style deliciously balances lush fruit with finesse. Lovely complexities of grapefruit/lemon with solids, struck matches and flint and rich palate full of fruit that is savoury and ripe and only turns sweet on the finish. Very classy wine, the aftertaste lastsfor 45 seconds.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright green-yellow; an elegant wine marries finesse with complexity; has all the hallmark length of Yarra Valley, with a tangy/ savoury finish and aftertaste
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Elegant and refined, but with no shortage of flavour; nectarine, melon and oak are seamlessly woven together; great line and length
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
A welcome return to top form for TarraWarra's top-flight chardonnay. Really complex, smelling zesty and intense: fragrant oak lift and bright cool citrus fruits, peach sherbet. The palate works in majestic layers: powerfully rich nectarine and peach flavour, acidity sizzles below and oak rolls through delivering a twist of savoury toasted nuts. Firing on all cylinders!
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Big, beautiful and sumptuous; here is a wine that shows we weren't all wrong about the attractions of chardonnay at its more statuesque. Powerful and brooding, its aromas of melon, grapefruit and white peach reveal nutty, funky undertones of smoked bacon, cumquat and quince, with a lifted floral aspect. Smooth and creamy, its succulent expression of plush, vibrant fruit effort-lessly glides down the palate, finishing long and savoury, with lingering fruit and spice.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007

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