Mandala is the vision of the Smedley family of Melbourne. An estate vineyard in Yarra Junction was planted in 1999, with additional vineyards following in Dixons Creek. Specialising in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Mandala wines are high quality, elegant and exceptional value.
Named after Charles' late sister, Vanessa, The Butterfly is a premium Cabernet from Dixons Creek, matured for nearly two years in French oak.
Hand-picked in one batch from a select 20 rows across the month of March at Dixon's Creek. Destemmed and kicked off, fermented over 12 days, then closed lid and left on skins for 30 days. Pressed off into French barrique. Matured in barrel for 22 months.
Blackberries, dark cherries, hints of raspberries and summer pudding alongside roasted coconut notes. Finely textured, tannins are juicy and persistent with salted plum, olive tapenade, red-skin cranberry and spice characters.
Established by the Smedley family, Mandala Wines is a five-star James Halliday-rated Yarra Valley winery. The main site and Cellar Door at Dixon's Creek offers a full range of prized Estate wines for tasting, along with its renowned assortment of single-site wines. It was the family's favourite wines which lead them to the Yarra Valley region; Charles' love of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay plus the region's famous sublime cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, made it the perfect choice. But Mandala have also established Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot vines too. With ther sites only an hour from Melbourne, it really was the best place to unearth Mandala and make the wines they love to drink. Today Mandala is thriving within its beautiful Yarra Valley country setting, where their kids play and older ones spend time together, tell stories and enjoy the good life. The Smedley family want Mandala to be their legacy for the future generations, and to be indulged by whomever catches the wine bug.
JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
The colour and aromatics are convincing with well placed flavours of blackberries, juicy currants, cedary oak, which is integrated, sluiced with savouriness and freshness. The medium-bodied palate sits neatly so, too, the fine tannins. '
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Twenty-two months in French oak, 50% new. Gamey, undergrowthy, tobacco-strewn cabernet. For all its complexity it maintains, importantly, a fresh outlook on life. Olive, raspberry and kirsch-like flavours play bit parts too. Feels well integrated. Offers a good deal of variety, in flavour terms, though still somehow manages to feel understated.'