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2018 Toolangi Pauls Lane Chardonnay

2018 Toolangi Pauls Lane Chardonnay

'Superb chardonnay. Straw-yellow in colour, flinty, powerful of fruit and glorious through the finish. It tastes of white peach, toffee-coated custard apples, oatmeal and smoke-drifted cedarwood'
96 Points - Campbell Mattinson

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DESCRIPTION
  • The Pauls Lane Chardonnay was hand harvested from Toolangi's original 1995 plantings (I1OV3 clone grapes on D Block rows 35-55), crushed and pressed with full solids straight to oak (20% new). Fermentations were wild and the wine spent eight months on lees in barrel before bottling. Again this has real depth of fruit (nectarine, grapefruit, lemon pith), but also plenty of smoky, matchsticky like oak/reduction and racy, punchy drive. It's also super complex with a twist of savoury, fresh cut herbs on the long, refreshing close. First rate and absolutely unique Yarra Chardonnay.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Crushed and pressed with full solids straight to oak (20% new), both primary fermentation and malolactic were natural. Elevage: 8 months on lees in oak before being racked and filtered in preparation for bottling.

    Hand-picked on 12th March 2018 First established in 1995, Toolangi Vineyards is located in the Yarra Valley adjoining the Toolangi State Forest. This Chardonnay is grown on fine clay loam and produces grapes which represent the unique site. Low cropped and hand harvested from 23 year old vines of I1OV3 clone grapes on D Block rows 35 – 55. The 2018 harvest will be remembered fondly by winemakers in the Yarra Valley. It was a rare season that gave above average yields and excellent quality fruit. Dry sunny conditions with cool overnight temperatures provided good natural acidity and concentrated wines at lower alcohol levels.

    TASTING NOTES

    Spicy, faintly floral aromas of stone fruit, grapefruit, lime juice and coriander are backed by matchstick-like oak and a hint of mineral. It’s round and creamy, smooth and voluptuous, with a gentle, mouthfilling core of flavour and nougat-like complexity finishing with a hint of butter, gentle lemony acids and a faint smokiness.

  • REVIEWS

    'Superb chardonnay. Straw-yellow in colour, flinty, powerful of fruit and glorious through the finish. It tastes of white peach, toffee-coated custard apples, oatmeal and smoke-drifted cedarwood, and while it’s tight through the finish the flavours someone manage to reach on through. It remains fresh, steely and refreshing and yet it offers so much. Yes, yes and yes.'
    96 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front