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Monday, 3 June 2013

Toolangi Estate Chardonnay 2010

Toolangi Vineyards is owned by Gary and Julie Hounsell, located in the (unofficial) Yarra sub-region of Dixon's Creek, the Hounsell's approach is to grow the best fruit possible, and then to allow wines to be made per their designs by some of Victoria's leading winemakers. This example was made by Oakride Chief Winemaker, David Bicknell.

An open, honest Chardonnay you just want to embrace and enjoy its many parts – and they are manyfold. Opens with stonefruit, a little background citrus and sensibly handled toasty oak.

That oak comes from 10 months in large format wod - this case, 500L puncheons - of which only 25% was new. It doesn't go through malolactic fermentation, an important consideration in understanding the structure.

The palate shows another facet: opening with a flinty note, segueing to a lithe, supple middle – fluid, racy. Shows a touch of butterscotch for further interest, plenty going on – without being overbearing. Good length to boot, staying power – holding interest long after the glass is gone. 93 - Very Good

Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 13% 
Closure: Screwcap

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