Gulf Station is the original pastoral holding of the Bell family who settled in the Yarra Valley in 1864. The site of the De Bortoli Winery was known as the “Summer Paddock”. It had a large dam, held green pasture throughout the dry summer months and was a cool place to be seen drinking premium Yarra Valley wine. The Gulf Station range of wines are made from both estate grown fruit and that of other low yielding, premium Yarra Valley vineyards.
Lean citrus like fruit with hazelnut undertones. Long flavoured palate, creamy, fine, good texture.
- VIC - Yarra Valley
Utilises a mix of estate-grown and contract-grown fruit, 100% Yarra Valley, and is made in the well-established De Bortoli style, with deliberately low levels of French oak (part-fermented in stainless-steel tanks) and frequent lees stirring. The net result is a complex yet elegant wine, the elegance enhanced by the early picking and high natural acidity. The flavours are much more in the grapefruit citrus range than stone fruit, which may not please others as much as me.
Rating 92 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013, (JUL/2012)
"Attractive youthful bright straw appearance and a nose of poached peach with subtle roasted nuts lead you to a light palate of citrus fruit, mealy characters and refreshing acidity. A drink-soon Yarra Valley chardonnay suited to flavoursome fish dishes or white meats. Very good value."
Rod Properjohn, On the Vine, (JUL/2012)
"This was a good year for chardonnay in the Yarra Valley and this excellent wine shows all the light cereal-cashew and minerally character you might expect from this variety. A small amount of oak has been added to the palate structure while the fine acid ensures the finish is long and controlled."
Ray Jordan, The West Australian - Top 100 Wines, (DEC/2011)
The 2010 Gulf Station Chardonnay has aromas of lemon peel, orange blossom and grapefruit over a core of apples and fresh pears. Light to medium-bodied, it has refreshing acid and good concentration of pure citrus and apple flavors, finishing medium-long. Drinking now, it should remain fresh through 2013.
Rating 86 - Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate , (DEC/2011)
Is there a finer Chardonnay under $20 anywhere in the world? Premium Yarra Valley fruit with years of potential in the cellar, thanks to honed minerality and precision of grapefruit and white peach."
Rating 94 - Tyson Stelzer, Wine 100, (AUG/2011)
This is made solely from Yarra Valley grapes but is less expensive than the top De Bortoli because some fruit comes from other growers. There’s no compromise in quality though with lime and stone fruit on the nose and a finely structured, sophisticated palate. Crisp acid balances the oak. Good with prawns. Widely available.
Jeff Collerson, The Daily Telegraph, (JUL/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Light straw with a green edge.
Complex nutty mineral chardonnay.
Tight lean citrus like fruit with hazelnut undertones. Long flavoured palate, creamy, fine, good texture.
Now or over the next 2- 4 years in a good cellar.
Tuna, chilli and pasta - a favourite in our house.