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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

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
It's a slender palate, if a stylish one. It tastes of honeysuckle, lactose, white peach and green apple, a flash of sweet/spicy oak adding some much-needed volume. It's both lengthy and built to last, but you have to be an ardent fan of minimalism.
Drink by 2024
91
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
94
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
95
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
94
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
95
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
95
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
94
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.
2018-2022
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
95
Rob Geddes MW (2010 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 to the finish. Very classy wine the aftertaste lasts for 45 seconds.
2019
Rob Geddes MW
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Some depth starting to develop to the colour; a subtle, sophisticated wine, stone fruit, melon, citrus and French oak all seamlessly joined, the balance and length all one could ask for.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
This is a very classy release from TarraWarra Estate...It’s pure and lengthy, powerful and refined, with sweet pear-like fruit flavour and wheatgerm-like complexing notes.
Toasty oak plays a part and so too creamy/waxy texture. A grapefruity bitterness defines the finish. It is a truly beautiful wine.
The Wine Front 2011
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very supple and smooth, generously flavoured with notes of white peach, grapefruit and melon backed by sweet vanilla/bubblegum oak with nuances of cloves, ginger and grilled nuts. Initially quite juicy, it becomes more even and silky, with an essentially soft acidity neatly punctuating a most approachable and restrained palate. Just lacks the length for an even higher rating.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
93
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
AS you'd expect, there's a lot more going on here than in the regular TarraWarra wine: complex lemon curd, grilled hazelnuts and nougat, some peach and spice on offer. The palate has plenty of flesh and texture, delivering a layered and composed texture, with lemon and hazelnut flavours intertwined throughout. Impressive weight, complexity and concentration.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
Rob Geddes MW (2008 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 lasts for 45 seconds.
Rob Geddes MW
92
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A relatively fast-developing, toasty and meaty wine in TarraWarra's traditionally sumptuous house style. Scented with grapefruit, melon, fig and tobacco leaf, with undetones of sweet, smoky vanilla oak, it's made from slightly under and over-ripened fruit. Luscious and oily, smooth and seamless, it's ageing quite quickly, finishing slightly greenish and meaty.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
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
94
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
94
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
96
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
96
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
95
Rob Geddes MW (2005 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 lasts for 45 seconds.
Rob Geddes MW
94
Rob Geddes MW (2004 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 lasts for 45 seconds.
Rob Geddes MW
90

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