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2015 Seville Estate The Barber Chardonnay

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It’s one of Victoria’s best kept secrets and has given the Yarra Valley a reputation for world class wines since the early 70's, yet Seville Estate is still not as well-known as other wineries in the region. But that’s the beauty of buying from Cracka, we ensure to find you the best wines from wineries all over the country so that the hard work's done. The Barber is, of course, a reference to the famed opera and this is a fine orchestration on the palate. This is classic Yarra Valley with a melon and grapefruit nose, a citrus intensity and some barrel complexity. The palate continues the theme with a good dose of natural acids.

Winemaker's Notes

The Barber Chardonnay is sourced from premium vineyards located in the Upper Yarra Valley.

The 2015 vintage was a great year that produced astounding wines across all varieties with good quantities. Great quality and quantity has not been seen in the Yarra Valley for some years and was gladly welcomed by the industry including the growers and accountants…

Fruit is hand picked and gently whole bunch pressed. Juice is run directly to tank and gravity fed to barrel. Fermentation occurs naturally in barrel and a small percentage in tank. A range of French oak coopers and formats (300L – 500L) with 10% new are sourced to introduce oak complexity. Following primary fermentation, maturation continues on lees for 6 months. Malolactic fermentation is not encouraged.

The wine is bright yellow with a clear green hue. White peach and citrus with crushed cashews and a nice amount of flint reduction. Clean stone fruits with great mid palate focus and concentration. The finish is delicate with white flowers and a great line of acidity. A great Chardonnay showing complexity and length while staying bright and fresh.

Drink 2015 – 2019. Great with white meats and seafood.

Alc/vol: 13.4%

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2015 Seville Estate The Barber Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2015 Vintage) says
From small vineyards in the Upper Yarra Valley. A tangy, zesty style with grapefruit juice and zest the focus. It's not clear whether oak was employed; perhaps part was barrel-fermented, part in tank. Whichever way, a good result.
Drink by 2020
92
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
A wine with ripe elegance, very fine white nectarine aromas with delicacy and poise. The wines shows that between 2011 and 2012 their winemaking has an articulate response to different years. The palate is bright and lively, pure fruited with nectarine and pear, and the oak very low key to tone and shape the finish. The overall wine is fresh, variatal, delicate and vibrant.
Rob Geddes MW
91
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Sourced from small vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley, and that origin is immediately apparent in the bracing, crisp and long palate, where citrus/grapefruit flavours outbid the stone fruit and melon for attention, the finish fresh and dry.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
91
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
The junior chardonnay at Seville has a lovely, bright, pure style to it in 2011, with flinty citrus and floral aromas, really direct and fresh. The palate s cool and crisp, with a fine acid line that lights up melon and peach fruit effectively, delivering a lovely, bright, juicy impact. Drink young.
Now
Good Wine Guide
91
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
In the zone modern grapefruit lemon Chardonnay aromas with savoury solids and yeast influence. The palate is elegant and silky, high praise after such a restrained nose with very good carry across the tongue, evenness and length with the lemon, citrus savoury reappearing on the finish.
2014
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Part estate, part contract-grown; an extremely zesty, lively and fresh wine, any oak hidden by the fruit that has equal quantities of citrus and stone fruit flavours; zipped up by acidity on the finish.
2014
Australian Wine Companion 2012
91
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The Upper Yarra injects crisp grapefruit and soft minerality to this fresh, fruit-focused style, nuanced with white peach and fig. A value introduction to an impressive estate.
Wine100, November Issue
92
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
If you've never discovered the allure of premium chardonnay, here's an introduction at a bargain price. With wild yeast, barrel fermentation and lees contact, it's made like the big boys but priced like a quaffer. Elegant, honed, chiselled and textured, it's a clean, pure and refreshingly honest cool climate chardonnay.
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Immediately proclaims its Yarra Valley origin with its length and persistence of flavour, with little or no oak impact; the flavours range through green apple, grapefruit and citrus rind, with balanced acidity; will grow in bottle.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
The initial impression is of delicacy and freshness to the grapefruit/melon flavours, but the wine gains power and intensity on the back-palate and finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fine, elegant melon, nectarine and citrus; seamless oak and good acidity; will grow.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Intense, elegant and very, very long; grapefruit and melon with perfectly integrated oak; Yarra Valley at its best.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94

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