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2016 Kooyong Farrago Chardonnay

Mornington Peninsula

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Our Price: $54.99 / bottle (RRP: $60.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Intensity and length, is what pops into my head after the first sip. Wheatgerm, grapefruit, white peach, struck match and cashew.'
96 Points - Gary Walsh

  • Tiny, twenty year old block and one of the most consistent star performers in Australian Chardonnay. This is such a floral, and tangerine drenched wine. It reminds me of orange blossom honey, with a unique vanilla soaked oak edge, and a whippet of stunning acids and glorious length.  

    That this wine deserves it's very own single-vineyard bottling is one thing, but we as Australians really need to recognise this unique patch of dirt for what it's worth - one of Australia's very own Grand Cru sites. Want to see what aged Chardonnay can look like in a decade? Then this is the wine for you. It will be mesmerising. Trust us.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    This single-block wine is sourced from just 1.02 ha of 18-year-old gently sloping Chardonnay vines within the 2.76 ha Farrago block. The mottled appearance of the clay soil in the Farrago block is caused by a high percentage of ironstone pebbles, much like the Ferrous vineyard. This siliceous influence helps infuse the resulting wines with linearity and minerality. The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barriques (of which 15% were new), where fermentation occurred spontaneously with ambient yeasts. After fermentation the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for 12 months, with the only racking occurring directly prior to bottling. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

    TASTING NOTES

    The 2016 Farrago offers enticing fresh notes of orange blossom, grapefruit and nectarine kernel along with a touch of flint. Classic Farrago qualities dominate the palate – flavours ranging from red citrus (mandarin and clementine) to stone fruit, all supported by an energetic structure that is full of power, drive and balanced acidity. The finish is mineral and moreish. This will greatly reward time in the cellar.

  • REVIEWS

    'Intensity and length, is what pops into my head after the first sip. Wheatgerm, grapefruit, white peach, struck match and cashew. It bursts with ruby red grapefruit and peach, has a firm flinty texture and tight acidity, yet gentle glycerol texture to smooth things along, and finishes with supreme length, crackling with fireworks and juicy acidity. Great wine. Now, or later.'
    96 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front


    'Tangy stone fruit flavours cut a swathe across one’s first impressions. The high quality oak sits in there, too, merely an adjunct to guide the unwinding flavours, rather than a shout above the wine’s inherent complexity. The intensity of flavour, rapier-like initially before expanding to a broader blade, is impressive. The finish is exceptionally long. A wine to drift off to.'

    95 Points - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

    'Taut and trim, with a penetrative, mineral and smoky bouquet of grapefruit, lemon and creamy nougat-like notes backed by ginger, cloves and matchstick oak. It’s long and stylish, with an evenly paced and textured presence of searingly intense fruit, fresh oak and struck match minerality wrapped in a bracingly fresh acidity. Give it time.'
    95 Points - Jeremy Oliver




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