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96 points James Halliday: "*"Special Value Selection" and a "Wow Factor Wine" of 2015* - Jeremy Gordon has a light touch in making chardonnay, the wine with freshness and balance the keys to its personality, enhancing, rather than inhibiting, its varietal expression. Oak has simply been a tool allowing the focus to fix onto the seamless blend of white peach, melon and grapefruit and its blue sky finish. - Top 10 Margaret River Chardonnay" (3/2015) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "A fragrant bouquet of grapefruit,melon and pear with notes of nuttiness and flinty characters. The palate is soft and... Read More »
92 points James Halliday: "From the Beenak, Coldstream, Gladysdale and Woori Yallock districts, all hand-picked. Has masses of fruit that could only come from the Yarra Valley, its length unmistakable, but not at the expense of mid-palate presence. Made to be enjoyed right now." K&L Notes: Last vintage we sold thousands of bottles of this wine from K&L direct import Oakridge Estate. Made by 20+ year veteran, Yarra Valley winemaker David Bicknell. David is considered by many as one of the best Chardonnay producers in all of Australia. The "Over The Shoulder" label is basically estate fruit that... Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "Whole bunch-pressed straight to French puncheons for wild ferment on solids, then 11 months maturation on lees. Has the Oakridge stamp all over it: a complex, slightly funky bouquet and great drive to the long, elegant, perfectly balanced palate, oak merely a vehicle." (10/2014) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Local Vineyard Series Guerin Vineyard Chardonnay is intensely scented of lemon curd, lemongrass, lime leaves and mandarin peel with touches of struck flint, toasted cashews, cedar and ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a beautiful satiny texture and plenty of livel ...Read More »
97 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Estate-grown 40yo vines, and only free-run juice, gives the wine a flying start. Its intensity is exceptional, driving along the palate with high speed, the Bickford's lime juice flavours running unabated through the finish and well into the lingering aftertaste. An exceptional wine."
95 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Free-run juice from Great Southern/Margaret River grapes has been partially barrel-fermented, the slightly smoky bouquet leading into an intensely focused palate, with the length and clarity more frequently encountered with high quality Riesling, a comparison heightened by attractive citrus notes that accompany stone fruit and gooseberry flavours."
95 points James Halliday: "Single vineyard; wild yeast-fermented with fine solids in new (66%) and 1yo French barriques, aged on lees for 16 months with natural mlf, no stirring. A focused and elegant wine, balance the key, but also having exemplary length to its white stone fruit flavours; the lingering finish and aftertaste also score." (1/2015) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Mid straw in colour with a hint of green to the hue. The aroma shows citrus fruits in the company of exotic tropical notes of pineapple and guava, accents of spice and wood smoke add to the complexity. The palate is in ... Read More »
97 points James Halliday: "A 71/29% blend, wild yeast-fermented, with no acid additions; 87% of the wine was matured for 5 months in French barriques (62% new). Follows in a long and proud tradition of exceptionally complex wines that rely on gentle persuasion, not brute force or, if you prefer, seduction rather than rape. The flavours are so attractive and mouthfilling now, it is easy to forget the wine will mature with grace for well over a decade." (3/2014) K&L Notes: Stunning Bordeaux style wine blend with so much concentration, flavor and drive. Truly great wine worthy of any cellar. Very... Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "Elegance is its middle name but there's still a good core of limey fruit. It's a dry, structural style but its moreishness is right up there. Apple blossom and talc flavours aid this impression, as does a line of mouthwatering acidity. It's build to age, arguably, but as a young wine it's delicious." K&L Notes: "Freya" was the foremost goddess of ancient Germanic lands where the Riesling grape originated. This wine honours early German settlers who cultivated the first Riesling vine in the exemplary microclimate of the Barossa’s Eden Valley. Winemaker's Notes: "Aroma... Read More »
97 points James Halliday: "From the estate vineyards in Mount Barker, Porongurup and Margaret River; hand-picked, and chilled overnight before hand sorted, whole bunch-pressed direct to barrel (30% new French) for wild fermentation, matured on lees for 9 months, part with mlf. Iron fist in a velvet glove, more common with red wines than chardonnay, but this has awesome power, concentration and length to its pink grapefruit, white stone fruit and pistachio, nougat accents from the mlf."
94 points James Halliday: "Is already settling into a sound drinking place. It's all strung on a taut line of acidity but the lemon, apple, hay and spice notes give something to enjoy now. That said, it shows all the signs that, over the medium term at least, it will mature deliciously." (7/2014) 91 points James Suckling: "Sliced apples and peaches on the nose follow through to a full body, bright acidity and a tropical fruit aftertaste. Drink or hold. Screw cap." (10/2013) K&L Notes: The Hunter Valley is renowned for producing some of the best Semillon in the world. This wine displays fresh, lifted citrus characters, a l... Read More »
94 points James Halliday: "Freshness and flavour. The two need not be mutually exclusive. This shows spicy oak laced through pear and grapefruit, dripping with juice. It's immediately appealing and seductive yet it has reach and drive. Incredibly more-ish." (12/2014) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and expressive, with pear, quince and white peach flavors gliding effortlessly into the long and refined finish." (8/2015)
94 points James Halliday: "Medium to full yellow-green; the aromatics of the bouquet bring together every expression imaginable of lime and lemon, the palate following suit, minerally/chalky acidity providing both drive and structure." (8/2012)
91 points James Halliday: "The bouquet of this wine is textbook straw, honeycomb and anise; the palate is vibrant, fresh and focused, with tangy acidity providing line and length; the textural component raises interesting opportunities for food and wine matching." (3/2012) Wine Spectator: "Fresh and distinctive, with creamy pear and lime flavors, finishing with a light touch. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: This historic, family-owned winery, ideally situated along the banks of the Murray River in Wahgunyah, Victoria, dates back to 1864 when it was established as one of Australia's first wineries.... Read More »
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In case you aren't super in the know about Verdelho, this has lovely, ripe, round fruit flavors of stone fruit, pineapple and citrus that keep you coming back sip after sip. Just about all seafood! This is one white wine with good enough balance and ripe enough fruit to go with just about any simply prepared chicken or grilled summer vegetables. We also love it with soft, ripe cheeses, almonds and dried stone fruit. According to Wine Spectator: "A weighty, extracted style, with vibrant greengage plum and spice flavors, lingering on the slightly tart fin... Read More »
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