As Nick Stock says in the introduction to the Good Wine Guide 2013, "Life is too short to drink bad wine!"
Nick's tough task was to find the good stuff, the cream of the crop. The 2013 Age and Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide is the biggest yet with close to 1600 wines.
The Good Wine Guide uses the 100 point scale and the four Toolangi wines all scored above 92. In addition we were awarded Best Wineries status, which shows our deep commitment to terrior.
The Toolangi 2008 Reserve Chardonnay was given a score of 96 which puts it into the Best of the Best category. The wines in this category represent a group of the finest Australian wines available. Only 20 chardonnays achieved this ultimate recognition. We are very happy to be in such good company!
"A very bright, almost electric green-tinged gold colour, this has immense concentration. Taken from the most select section of the Toolangi vineyard, it offers citrus-soaked nectarine and white peach, with a decent serve of complex oak toast and spice. The palate's a powerhouse, showing weight and concentration with powerful structure, lemon and peach flavour. Acidity good, texture impeccable. A breathtaking chardonnay - symphonic!"
The Toolangi 2008 Reserve Shiraz received a score of 93.
"This is a ripe and sturdy shiraz that oozes concentrated ripe summer berry and plum aromas from the glass, with some gentle oak spice and chocolate that's quite nicely integrated. The palate delves into darker shades again, offering deep cassis, plum and cherry flavour amid long, smooth tannins. Handy balance, mellow and even."
And our high achieving, well priced, Toolangi 2010 Chardonnay was listed as one of the Best-value wines $25 and under.
"The classic Yarra Valley expression of citrus and peach here, nicely met with some savoury, nutty winemaking and oak influence to add handy complexity to the mix. The palate's smoothly textured and delivers lovely fresh fruit flavour and bright, crunchy acidity, balanced and even. Great-value drinking."
All up, a very gratifying result for our winemakers.