Full, bright yellow colour. Lovely buttered toast and roasted hazelnut bouquet. The palate is smooth and rich, with fresh energising acidity and youthful delicacy as well as penetrating intensity. A fine wine, although the acid is a trifle assertive. Drink now-2019.
94, Huon Hooke, www.huonhooke.com, January 2014
Elegance is the name of the game here. This is the antithesis of the blockbusting style. It’s a lilting wine, elegance its key feature. It tastes of lemon curd and spicy oak, white peach and nectarine. It has fruit and oak but mostly it has length and poise. It’s both delicious and refined. It will be even better in a year or two. But quality-wise, it is tip top. Drink 2015-2019+.
93+, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, November 2013
Scores aren’t a science but there’s a degree of relief when you look at a wine eight months down the track and your impressions and rating haven’t changed that much. I don’t believe the wine has either. Leesy, washed rind funk sits behind powerful melon and white stonefruit flavours. Nuts, smoke, grapefruit and flint. A quality oak chassis. Opulent, full-bodied but not overdone. Transparency of site is there for all to see. It also has an extra degree of length over the 2011 Estate Chardonnay.
93, Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself, November 2013
Has another layer of intensity and complexity, white peach and nectarine edging their way towards centre stage, but still with grapefruit zest making a significant contribution. Drink by: 2020.
95, James Halliday, 2014 Australian Wine Companion, July 2013