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2015 Yabby Lake Chardonnay

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Yabby Lake Chardonnays are amongst the most awesome Australia has to offer. They are quite Euro-centric and graceful in style exhibiting spicy white stone fruit aromas, along with a lick of vanilla, and a twist of James Brown 'funk'. The palate is fine and focused with tightly-wound acidity, a minerally texture and a dry, grapefruity finish. It's the gift that keeps on giving the longer it is in the glass, and it's totally cellar worthy.

Winemaker's Notes

Our philosophy is to craft a Chardonnay of great purity, reflecting our site and the season in which it was grown. It’s the attention and care in the vineyard that is most critical to allowing that expression.

Each parcel of Chardonnay was carefully handpicked on 28 February (Blocks 1 & 4) and 3 March (Block 6), in pristine condition. Every parcel was handled separately in the winery, with minimal intervention. The Chardonnay was crushed, pressed and transferred with solids, into tight grain 500L French oak puncheons (20% new) to undergo natural fermentation. It was then left to mature on lees for 11 months, without malolatic fermentation proceeding until bottling in February 2016.

A pristine, pure and intense aroma with classic notes of citrus blossom and grapefruit pith. The palate is fine and complex, with great poise and concentration of flavour. Tightly wound together with a precise minerality, the wine has beautiful line and length.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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2015 Yabby Lake Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
A fragrant and pure bouquet leads into a supremely elegant, understated palate that departs from Mornington Peninsula orthodoxy by preventing mlf [malolatic fermentation] and relying on natural acidity, steps that will underwrite the longevity of the wine.
Drink by 2025
96
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A lean and textured wine whose smoky, toasty bouquet of pungent citrus, grapefruit and melon is tightly knit with smoky, fine-grained vanilla oak influences and backed by spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. Long and chalky, with a pithy, pulpy mouthfeel, it's taut, austere and finely crafted, but appears to have been made to focus more on style and texture than expression of fruit. With time it might yet fill out further.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
90
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
At just 12% alcohol, Yabby characterises the cool season of 2009, completely belying the heatwave and bushfires. Pristine, focused, understated white peach, grapefruit, fig, lemon blossom and subtle almond oak. Exactingly poised, with articulate, expressive, chalky minerality.
Wine Taste Edition 29: Ausgust 29, 2011
95
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Brightly lit, mineral and stylish, with a focused presence of grapefruit, lemon, melon and quince-like fruit partnered with dusty, nutty oak and backed by rather funky suggestions of smoked meat and spicy notes of cloves and cinnamon. It's long and bright, with juicy flavours underpinned by a fine chalkiness, finishing long and smoky, with pleasing intensity and fresh, brittle acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
92
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A strident, complex, precise and concentrated wine, with assertive melon, lemon and white peach on the nose, some very deep-set complexity and a flinty, reductive edge. The palate's crisp, balanced and nicely proportioned, with good weight and grip. It has composure and flesh, integration of oak, and a pleasing savoury cashew-nut finish. Certainly tighter and more composed than the '08.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Complex and heady, with a smoky, spicy bouquet of toasty, honeyed, mealy and butterscotch notes backed by nuances of figs and burned matchstick oak. Smooth and evenly paced, its creamy palate of peach, nectarine and pineapple flavour reveals undertones of wheatmeal and leesy complexity, finishing long and savoury with a chalky texture. Heavily worked, but should settle down over the short to medium term.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
92
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Delicate aromas of nectarine, pineapple, grilled nuts and lanolin with undertones of minerals and dried flowers precede a long, taut and measured palate whose restrained stonefruit, melon and grapefruit flavours are tightly knit with nutty vanilla oak and punctuated by refreshing acids. It finishes savoury, with a tangy, briney aspect and lingering nuances of cinnamon and ginger.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
92
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
Mornington Peninsula chardy is on song—we're just seeing one top wine after another. The Yabby Lake people have big bucks and they've hired some big guns to make their operation a star in the region, such as Tod Dexter, former Stoniers winemaker. With Tod looking after that side of things, you can expect great pinot and chardy. This one's stone fruit, mandarin, citrus—and special. Even at this price, it sells out quickly.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A stylish, winemaker-driven chardonnay whose controlled measure of artefact does complement its fruit and depth. It's complex, funky and nutty, with restrained peach/melon fruit over sweet clove-ke vaniiia oak, lanolin and suggestions of dried flowers. Smooth and savoury, it marries a sumptuous expression of peach/melon flavour with creamy vanilla oak. It's already quite buttery, which suggests a relatively short cellaring life.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
93
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Assertive, ripe and generous, this full blown chardonnay is destined for a relatively short, but happy existence. There's a pungent meaty nutty and charmingly reductive background beneath its funky aromas of peach, nectarine, wheatmeal and bacon, while its rich, viscous and seamless palate marries ripe stonefruit and pineapple fruit with the full gamut of winemaking artefact. Sweet but slightly blocky oak with nutty, creamy lees derived qualities contributes plenty of texture and complexity.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
93

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