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Caledonia Australis Chardonnay

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This is serious winemaking from the Gippsland region in eastern Victoria. The vision was to create wines that were similar if not rivaled the great wines of Burgundy. Ambitious, yes but they really have managed to pull off wines of immense detail. Lifted with citrus, melon and subtle honey notes as well as a scintillating minerality. Nicely medium bodied it shows apple and lemon flavours complemented by lean natural acids. It’s complex and layered with a creamy texture before a long finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Brilliant pale lemon in colour. Very youthful citrus/honeydew aromas overlay delicate mineral hints. Oak and malolactic characters are very much in the background, lees-ageing has made its usual creamy/almond contribution, and subtle savoury aromas add further complexity. The palate is finely structured in a medium-bodied style. The fruit flavours tend towards lemon and apple, supported by fresh, slightly racy acidity. Oak contributes almost subliminal flavours and a hint of structural firmness, while the creaminess from yeast-lees contact provides a seamless texture. Promising length and complexity, combined with the wine's great freshness, suggest fine ageing potential.

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Caledonia Australis Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Green-straw; wild yeast barrel-fermented in French oak, followed by lees ageing for 18 month; an elegant, beautifully balanced and very long palate; a mix of white peach, melon and some citrus easily accounts for the oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Mid gold-green hue; the bouquet exhibits nectarine, almond and toasty oak; zesty and lively on entry, the palate reveals ample fruit and oak to match; long and toasty to conclude.
2014
Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Pale, bright straw-green; has started to develop some creamy/nutty characters ex barrel ferment, and also an added dimension to its display of white peach and grapefruit flavours running through the length of the palate.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2011
94
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
The estate-level chardonnay from Caledonia has a neat mix of stone fruits and melon aromas with a cashew and spice overlay that's been nicely docked in place. The palate is supple and flavoursome, a savoury texture that builds right through the cashewy finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A complex bouquet with some Burgundian funky aromas leads into a racy, lean palate of admirable length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Quite toasty bouquet, with lemon and fresh fig aromas; evenly posed on the palate, with really vibrant and focused fruit and acidity, which draws out a surprisingly long finish.
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2010
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Quite toasty on the bouquet, with grapefruit and grilled nuts; the palate is rich and lively, and very fresh, with lovely texture, and a little grip on the finish; very long.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Bright green-gold; elegant stone fruit and citrus with a gentle creamy, malolactic overlay and subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Powerful, yet has great texture and balance; the full panoply of barrel ferment, malolactic ferment and (possibly) wild yeast; fig, peach and grilled nuts; subtly creamy texture.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
95

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