The 2011 growing season was a classic cool Yarra growing season, quite similar to 2002 and 2005. The rain caused some early issues but diligent viticulture and some favourable weather in the end has produced one of the best Chardonnay vintages in 10 years.
- VIC - Yarra Valley
"Barrel-fermented in used French oak and lees stirring have built the creamy texture of the palate to precisely the right level, leaving the mix of stone fruit and honeydew melon free to combine with the citrussy acidity on the finish."92 Points - James Halliday, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, Jul 2013
"2011 is a stunning vintage for Gulf Station Chardonnay, a wine of alluring subtlety, elegant persistence and wonderfully fine texture rarely seen at this price. Frequent lees stirring gin barrel and tank builds complexity, texture and impressive complexity of struck flint and charcuterie. Low yielding Yarra Vines contribute zesty grapefruit and understated white peach."92 Points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly, Sep 2013
"De Bortolis winemakers rate 2011 as one of the best Yarra chardonnay vintages of the past decade, comparable to the other cool seasons, 2005 and 2002. While rain-induced fungal diseases decimated crops in some regions, and cold weather resulted in many lean, unripe wines, Gulf Station 2011 delivers generous textures and flavours, albeit in the citrusy, cool season mould. Grapes sourced from Dixons Creek, Tarrawarra and the upper Yarra were pressed, and a proportion crushed to allow some tannins into the juice before a natural fermentation in new and used French oak barrels. Its a seamless and lovely wine to enjoy over the next five years."Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times, Jul 2013
"A medium-bodied chardie showing a slight hint of winemaking influence but it remains largely a wine that relies on its excellent fruit despite this challenging vintage. Its elegant and tightly framed with a little lees influence adding texture and richness to the mid-palate. Poised and refined, striking a good oak and fruit balance."Rating 90 - Ray Jordan, West Australian, Jun 2013
"While many of the big-name chardonnays work overtime to develop and show off their high-end winemaking characters, this bargain-rated ripper achieves a subtle version that for most people is more drinkable every day and more pleasing. Here, there are pear and white peach fruits, creamy textures and most satisfying weight and line. All totally contemporary and great value."4 Star- Tony Love, Courier Mail, Daily Telegraph, Feb 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Light straw with a green edge.
Complex nutty mineral aromas.
Tight lean citrus like fruit with hazelnut undertones. Long flavoured palate, creamy, fine, good texture.
Enjoy now or over the next two to four years in a good cellar.
Tuna, chilli and pasta - a favourite in our house.
Medals & Trophies
Bronze Medal - Brisbane Wine Show 2013