90 pts Wine enthusiast December 2017
Complexity and longevity are the name of the game here. This shows a restrained nose of melon, smoke, nuts and a little buttery oak. The palate is really where it’s at, weaving those same flavors seamlessly together. With a chalky texture and a good lick of acidity, everything is in balance here, setting this wine up for plenty of years of life. Drink now–2025
90 pts Wine Advocate #234 Dec 2017
Despite being fermented in 100% new French oak, the 2016 Finisterre Chardonnay is only lightly toasty, with scents of pineapple and tangerine complemented by hints of toasted cereal grains and subtle vanilla shadings. This is a medium-bodied, silky-textured Chardonnay with so much elegance and finesse it runs the risk of being too fine. Flavor isn’t a bad thing!
Finisterre: [Ends of the Earth] – Robert Oatley’s constant pursuit of quality finds them among the great viticultural regions of Australia, each offering a unique combination of earth and climate, allowing vines to flourish and produce fruit with great balance. Hand harvesting, fruit sorting and intuitive winemaking delivers wines with clarity, purity, great texture and flavor expression.
Complex and restrained. Roasted nuts and nougat. Underlying citrus blossom. Ample texture. Long fine acidity