The Toolangi Chardonnay fruit was allowed to ferment with indigenous yeast. All fermentation was carried out in barrel with no malolactic fermentation. Elevage occurred over 11 months in French oak and 500L puncheons, with 40% being new oak.
Winemaker’s Note: Made from low cropped, hand harvested estate grown fruit taken from our Dixons Creek Vineyard. Bunch thinned to 2 to 2.5 tonnes per acre.
“The 2015 release was again produced at Oakridge by Chardonnay master David Bicknell, a slightly fuller wine than previous years with great texture and mouthfeel. A light straw yellow, a youthful nose of aromatic nectarine with trop notes of flint, honey and almond meal, over time these notes will become more evident. Significant fruit weight on the palate, a subtle line of citrus acidity keeps things flowing with fig and white peach the mainstay; interjections of oak and lees complexity add complexity. The finish has textural grip that is steeped in almond meal and a gentle wood spice.” Patrick Eckel, winereviewer.com.au, Aug 2016
Toolangi Vineyards has a clear and seemingly simple strategy; grow and source the highest quality Yarra Valley grapes and put them in the hands of the best winemaker for each varietal. This has served Toolangi well and today it stands as one of the star wineries of the Yarra Valley. Made at Oakridge by David Bicknell and team, the 2015 Toolangi Estate Chardonnay is another benchmark Yarra Chardonnay.