Wallis chardonnay appealed on the tasting bench then moved to the dinner table where we served it masked to wine-savvy visitors. It provoked an initial "Ah, Chablis" response - recognition of its high acidity and lean structure. But as the wine warmed, the cool-climate grapefruit and white-peach varietal flavour blossomed around the acidity. From a very cool and the latest vintage yet at Ten Minutes by Tractor, the delicate, refined Wallis chardonnay held our attention to the last drop. One bottle seemed not enough.
Chris Shanahan, www.chrisshanahan.com, December 2013
The cool, wet years are often the better ones for white wines. Or not so bad, anyway. This single vineyard wine makes a decent fist at making such an argument. It’s delicate. But forceful. Its charms unfurl slowly in the glass. The acid is strong, the flavours coy at first – though they do come forward, you just need to give them time. Grapefruit, citrus, creamy oak, woodsmoke. Some green notes on the finish but they don’t necessarily detract, or distract. I think this is going places. Bit it won’t do so in a hurry. Drink: 2015-2020+.
92+, Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, November 2013
Delicacy, elegance and focus have always been traits of the Wallis Vineyard and the 2011 growing season has brought them into even greater relief. Such a pretty wine, all floral with detailed high tones. The acidity is driving but balanced, folding back into the wine on day two of tasting. White peach, honeydew melon, tangerine and grapefruit with a little struck match. Crystalline architecture with each flavour and aroma clearly delineated within the whole. Suggestions of spice, washed rind cheese, toast and basil. Simultaneously layered and linear with an impressive self- assured nature along with incisive extension through the back-palate.
94+, Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself, November 2013
Here there is a much riper mouthfeel, white peach, melon and fig all in a creamy web. Given that both the individual vineyard chardonnays are made in the same way, a spectacular demonstration of terroir at work, and Montrachet at play. Drink by: 2021.
96, James Halliday, 2014 Australian Wine Companion, July 2013