2016 Yering Station Estate Chardonnay Yarra Valley (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1424727 94 points James Suckling

 Another very exotic white from Yeringberg, which remains focused and dialed-in. Dried pineapple is the main attraction on the nose, as well as apple pastries, red grapefruit, passion fruit and praline. An acutely smoky undertone, too. Round and opulent on the palate, but it is still very much in check. This is all thanks to a refreshing layer of acidity through the mid-palate, carrying this long through the finish.  (6/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Hints of roasted cashew accent lemon-curd notes on the nose of the 2016 Chardonnay. Like the propriety red blend, Yeringberg's Chardonnay isn't about mass, weight or extraction but balance, elegance and finesse. It's silky textured and medium-bodied, with lemon, pineapple and white nectarine notes that easily weave in and out, linking together around a resilient spine of acidity. (JC)  (6/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Medium gold in hue, this full-bodied Chardonnay starts on the quiet side, but after time in glass it opens to reveal citrus, melon, mint and salted nut characters, backed by a prominent line of toasty oak. Prickly acidity provides much needed lift to the creamy palate, where concentrated fruit and oak spice—particularly on the finish—are tamed gently into submission. Still in its youth, this should hold well through 2027. *Editor's Choice* (CP)  (4/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Precise, with lemon curd, guava and white peach flavors at the core, and grace notes of spice, fennel and brioche lingering in the background on a smooth, sleek and juicy frame. Drink now through 2029. (MW, Web Only-2019)

90 points Vinous

 Light bright yellow-gold. Fresh pear, melon and lemon zest aromas are complemented by suggestions of white flowers, honey and buttered toast. Fleshy and lively in the mouth, offering ripe citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a spicy hint of candied ginger. Finishes with gentle grip, a repeating ginger note and strong, sappy persistence. (JR)  (10/2017)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2019 | Send Email
The Yarra Valley is Australia’s Burgundy, known for cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Yering Station was the first vineyard and winery there, and was originally planted in the 1850s. This Chardonnay is acid-driven, with bright citrus elements and flinty minerality. Weighted and rich, creamy, yet racy, this is a gorgeous Chardonnay that dramatically performs above its price.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.


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Yarra Valley