94 pts Wine Spectator 5/6/20
Stunningly precise, vivid and mouthwatering, with a hint of butterscotch to the lemon curd, pear and mango flavors. Intense and juicy, finishing fresh and vibrant. Details of white tea and roasted hazelnut emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 350 cases imported
Sexton, Gruyere Farm, Tarraford, Applejack, Wombat Creek Vineyards.
2019 was a rollercoaster… with fluctuating temperatures and rain events through Spring driving a very successful flowering in the Gruyere and Tarrawarra sub regions, but a much lower crop set in the Upper Yarra. We then had beautiful, moderate weather in early summer which gave us rich dark green canopies, so that despite a few heat spikes in January, we had access to plenty of pristine bunches at harvest. Acidities were surprisingly fresh, perhaps driven by cool nights and the Chardonnay parcels have a depth and intensity we haven’t seen since 2015.
100% hand-picked, all fruit is chilled overnight to 12 deg Celsius. Whole bunch pressed, fermentation on full juice solids, wild yeast. Fermented entirely in 500L French puncheons – 10% new, 90% older. No lees stirring. No malolactic fermentation. Matured in French oak – 10% new, 90% older – for only 8 months. Blended and chilled in tank prior to bottling in late Spring