Toolangi Pauls Lane Chardonnay 2012

This is a delicious chardonnay release from Toolangi in the Yarra Valley.  The fruit is from Dixon’s Creek and the wine made by highly regarded winemaker, David Bicknell, at Oakridge.  This may be the best release yet I have tasted of a Toolangi chardonnay.  It has aromatics of struck match, cashew and minerals.  The palate […]

d’Arenberg Pollyanna Polly Sparkling NV

The “Pollyanna Polly”, aka “Polly”, is d’Arenberg’s sparkling non-vintage wine with fruit sourced from the Adelaide Hills.  It is made in using the traditional Champagne varieties of chardonnay (52%), pinot noir (40%) and pinot meunier (8%).  The grapes are early picked (the abv is only 11%) and the wine is fermented in bottle and left […]

Toolangi Estate Chardonnay 2014

This is a lovely chardonnay release from Toolangi in the Yarra Valley.  Made at Oakridge, the fruit is from Toolangi’s Dixon’s Creek vineyard.  In terms of style, malolactic fermentation is held back and the wine is aged in 40% new French oak.  In the glass, there are aromatics of lemon and cashew.  The palate is […]

Domaine William Fevre Les Preuses Chablis Grand Cru 2012

The best Chablis I tasted while in France last year was from the Les Preuses grand cru vineyard.  You can find that post here.  The exciting thing about this wine – from the same vineyard, the same year, but a different producer – is that it tasted exactly as a grand cru Chablis should.  Shipping, storage, temperature […]