Where vanilla meets spicy, reductive-like matchsticky aromas. An attractive, if not en-vogue bouquet that leads into a supple-textured mouthful of generous yet freshly fruited chardonnay – think white flesh stone fruits on the cusp of firmness, contained within a vanilla oak-tinged, pillowy, elegant, elongated dart shape of wine. Flavours are mellow and meshed, it’s so trim and prim it feels almost Stepford-like in it’s orderliness. This will be appealing to many, and undoubtedly it shows as a classy act. In great shape right now. Drink 2013-18.
93, Mike Bennie, Winefront, January 2013
An almost contradictory style here: this has a fresh nose that offers citrus and bright nectarine fruit aromas, some flinty notes too. The palate has a taut core of deeply set acidity and phenolic structure, with an open-knit, fleshy layer around the edge; really smooth and mouth-filling style.
93, Nick Stock, 2013 Good Wine Guide, November 2012
Full golden-yellow; developed colour. Smoky, toasty nuts and some hints of sulfide, all in good balance. Soft, ample and round in the mouth, with good flavour which is quite complex and shows some malo notes, while the texture is gentle, smooth and seamless. Some 'fatness' here. A more traditional, full-bodied style of chardonnay, but in a modern, restrained, subtly oaked style. Drink 2012-2018.
92, Huon Hooke, www.huonhooke.com, October 2012
Like its siblings, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed and wild-fermented in a mix of new and used French barriques, and matured therein for 10 months. Bright green-gold; an immaculately balanced and textured palate, with white peach, nectarine and creamy cashew notes running through to a long and distinguished finish and aftertaste. Drink by: 2019.
95, James Halliday, 2013 Australian Wine Companion, July 2012