2016 De Bortoli Regional Reserve Yarra Valley Chardonnay
2014 Mandala Chardonnay
- The key to this wine's appeal is that it combines richness and texture with proper acidity, the flavours in the white peach department with an edge of citrus and creamy lees/oak flavours. Crafted from De Bortoli's Dixons Creek vineyard, and out of a seriously great vintage in the Yarra Valley, this is proper Yarra Chardonnay. 100
Tasting Note: Light straw with a green edge. Bright, complex, hints of citrus, hazelnut, subtle use of oak. Fine, textural, subtle, gentle, creamy flavours.
Winemaking: Fruit was sourced from a selection of controlled vineyards from Dixons Creek, Yarra Glen, Tarrawarra and Woori Yallock. Fruit is gently pressed and allowed to settle overnight. Turbid juice is then racked to both French oak casks and stainless tanks. Lees are stirred in late autumn and a little in winter and then left to rest until the finishing stages.
Cellaring: Enjoy now and will cellar well over 2 years.
Food Pairing: These more full bodied styles match well with:
Creamy Pasta - white wine and cream sauces; mushroom risotto
Chicken - grilled chicken; chicken caesar salad
Hard Cheeses - parmesan; roumano; vintage gouda.
Cracka Tasting Panel says:“93
Cracka Tasting Panel (2012 Vintage) says:“
Wonderfully balanced Chardonnay. The light oak influence balances well with some zesty fresh melon fruit, with some lees influence along the way, that is well restrained. You cant ask for more in a sub $25 Chardonnay. Over-delivers exactly what Chardonnay drinkers demand. A stonker!!
Best Drinking: now till 202094