JAMES HALLIDAY, AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION, 2014 Edition
Estate-grown from low-yielding vineyards; barrel-fermented at Yering Station and Oakridge Estate; blended at Yering Station, and bottled there after 11 months in oak. It is a very elegant wine with melon and white peach in the driver's seat, the oak subtle. 94 points. Drink to 2020.
VINTAGE CELLARS, CELLAR PRESS 146, August 2014
The making of this brilliant 2011 Chardonnay was shared between Yering Station and Oakridge Estate and the benefactor of a few years bottle age, shows why this is just what we're talking about! Still a beautifully pale lemon green in the glass the first whiff just simply says "I’m Chardonnay". Citrus, gentle stone fruit, some creamy oak and 'struck match'. The mid-weight palate builds before a rush of deliciously zesty acidity and great length. 2014 WHITE WINE WINNER
TONY LOVE, SUNDAY HERALD SUN, May 4 2014
A premium producer's more everyday chardonnay, this still is the full whack of stone fruit and melons with a levelling layer of oak vanillas and creams. Try herbed roast chicken.
RICK ALLEN, THREE CHEERS, MANLY DAILY , May 2 2014
This is Toolangi’s bottom-tier chardonnay - but don’t let that put you off. It's good drinking and, for its budget price, overdelivers on quality in a big way. Perhaps a touch older-style - bigger, creamy, a touch of oak - it offers up a flavoursome blend of peach, melons and apricot, with some hazelnut complexity. And with a line of cleansing acidity on the finish, it’s light enough on its feet to keep bringing you back for more.
BRETT SMITH, GEELONG ADVERTISER, April 2014
From low-yielding estate vineyards in the Yarra Valley, this chardonnay was hand harvested and barrel fermented at Yering Station and Oakridge Estate. Aged in French oak for 11 months. This ticks all the boxes of a top quality chardonnay, but better still at a very affordable price. Great balance between white peach, lemon and integrated cedar, with mid-range crisp apple acidity and subtle oak. Not as extroverted as its big brothers (Block F and Estate), but graceful in its own right. Impress your friends with this one. 93 points.
HUON HOOKE, huonhooke.com, January 2014
Medium to full yellow colour with a greenish tinge. Quite a worked bouquet showing some silage characters as well as hazelnut, butter and peach. The palate is fine and tight, slightly lean, a nice wine which tapers off slightly at the finish. Lots of open-knit peach, apricot flavours. 89 points.
SEAN MITCHELL, grapeobserver.com, March 2014
This is another good white from Toolangi in the Yarra Valley. The 2011 vintage was less difficult in the Yarra Valley for chardonnay than for cabernet or pinot noir, and it shows with this wine. The wine has attractive aromatics of white peach, apple, a touch of honey, integrated cedar, biscuit and green melon characters. The palate sees medium to high acidity, clean medium length and flavours reminding of lemon, melon and white peach. Overall, this is a balanced and clean wine that has good length, and is easy to recommend.
PAUL IPPOLITO, 5 Minute Wine Rush, February 2014
Gold gold gold I say and you probably will think you have struck gold with this stunning Chardonnay sourced from the Yarra Valley and amazed at its price. It has the old style fullness richness and fruit focus of varietal Chardonnay and yet the regional temperedness, elegance and style of its regional influences. It drinks superbly, beautiful full rich and creamy and yet not OTT in any dimension. Balance style and poise all in one. Seamlessly integrated. Loved it, can you tell. Have with grilled barramundi.
BIBENDUM WINE CO, 2014
Toolangi's first '11 Chardonnay was made by duelling banjos David Bicknell at Oakridge and William Lunn at Yering Station before being assembled at Yering Station. This has nicely weighted fruit and plenty of cut and thrust but it's the wines elegant, seamless structure that steals the show. A terrific value.
Selectively hand-harvested, low cropped (2.5 to 3 tonnes per acre), fruit from our Dixons Creek vineyard.
Aged in French oak barriques for 11 months.
MADE AT: Yering Station and Oakridge
QUANTITY: 1,700 Dozen