JAMES HALLIDAY, AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION, 2015 Edition
The grapes are estate-grown, but part of the wine was made at Yering Station, part at Oakridge, aged in each case in French oak for 12 months before being blended at Yering Station. The overwhelming impression of the wine is its length, a quality it shares with other top-end Yarra chardonnays; the bouquet is extremely complex, with some pleasantly flinty, reductive characters adding to its interest; the flavours are predominantly in the grapefruit spectrum. Drink to 2020. Rating 93.
ANGUS HUGHSON, WINEGENIUS.COM, February 2015
Mid golden hue and showing powerful white peach fruit that is quite ripe with attractive solid characters and toasty oak and buttery notes. A long and generous finish makes for a very drinkable chardonnay.
REGAN DREW, vinonotebook.com / APN AUSTRALIAN REGIONAL MEDIA, January 22 2015
Made at Yering Station and Oakridge. Soft gold in the glass, showing output of 10 months in oak. Creamy peach, popcorn, waxy, cheesy solids work with good oak spice and a hint of funk. Medium bodied weight. Solid palate with good grip and texture. Lemon citrus and rich stone fruit. Starting to mature and show a touch of development but drinking lovely now. Match it with a roast pork.
PATRICK ECKEL, WINEREVIEWER.COM.AU, November 2 2014
This wine was produced from Estate fruit and was separated at birth with portions of the wine made at both Yering Station and Oakridge, two of the safest custodians you could hope for when it comes to Chardonnay. The wine was aged in French oak for 10 months before being assembled and bottled at Yering Station. A youthful yellow in the glass, an expressive and flinty nose that gives nectarine and peach skins with background wood spice. This wine is categorised by great drive and structure with lemon pith and grapefruit giving a sherbet like acidity that provides exciting contrast to tightly bound stone fruits and spicy oak influences. Finish is long and lingers with mineral stone fruits and subtle wood spice. This wine will cellar well and is very good value at $25.
DAVID ELLIS, VINTNEWS.COM, November 2014
TOOLANGI PROVES THE JOY OF CHARDONNAY - The Yarra Valley has garnered an enviable reputation over the past couple of decades for Chardonnays out of makers like Toolangi who planted their first vines there back in December 1995. And as the latest release from this small family-owned operation, their 2012 is a veritable explosion in the glass of what Chardonnay is all about, with predominantly citrusy grapefruit flavours to the fore and quite extraordinary length (how long the flavour lasts in the back of the throat after swallowing.) Owners Garry and Julie Hounsell went in hard with the secateurs for this wine, pruning back heavily to maximise fruit flavour and quality as Yarra Valley vines, with the climate they enjoy, can be quite prolific producers. And interestingly, after harvesting the fruit was processed at two separate wineries, Yering Station and Oakridge, and the resultant blend put together at Yering Station. This 2012 Toolangi Chardonnay is nicely priced for a premium drop at $25, and with its full-on varietal flavours makes for an ideal partner with everything on the table from simple roast chicken, to grilled lobster if you’re maybe celebrating, or for a more casual outdoor barbecue of veal chops and mushrooms.
Single Vineyard fruit, selectively hand-harvested and low cropped (2.5 to 3 tonnes per acre), from our Dixons Creek vineyard.
Aged in French oak barriques and puncheons for 10 months.
MADE AT: Yering Station and Oakridge
QUANTITY: 1,250 Dozen