The 2010 Yarra Valley Chardonnay continues our evolution towards a more pure and refined style of this variety. We believe this is the best way to express the inherent character of our Upper Yarra Valley Vineyards. This wine exhibits a delicate bouquet of quince, fig and peach, which are combined on the palate with refreshing minerality and balanced acidity. Oak plays an ever so slight supporting role, both on the nose and on the palate.
- VIC - Yarra Valley
The estate-owned Lusatia Park Vineyard is in the transition to the Upper Yarra Valley, and the style of the wine certainly supports this for the flavours and overall texture is very refined, the white peach and pink grapefruit flavours left largely unmarked in terms of flavour by barrel fermentation in used French oak, a decision of choice, not economics. A class act.
Rating 95 - Drink by 2017, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (SEP/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
The bouquet is strikingly elegant, with stone fruit, grapefruit and marzipan aromas.
The palate is fine, textured and leesy, with lovely acidity and subtle hints of nuts and spice. Fine-grained French oak plays an ever so slight supporting role, both on the nose and palate.
The fruit for this wine was hand-picked to ensure intact berries before being gently whole-bunch pressed. The juice was lightly settled, then racked to French oak for barrel fermentation. The barrel selection consisted of medium toast barrels sourced predominantly from the forests of Troncais and Vosges, non of which was new, to encourage delicacy and expression of site. The wines remained in barrel for 10 months with regular lees stirring before blending and bottling under screwcap in early 2011.