2016 Helen's Hill "Ingram Road" Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria

SKU #1363626 94 points James Halliday

 Multi-clone, wild-fermented in French oak (10% new), 10 months maturation. Generous and rich, with nectarine and white peach to the fore, neatly tightened on the finish by grapefruit/citrus acidity.  (11/2017)

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2018 | Send Email
You may know by my reviews that I love white Burgundy, and tend to look only there for my favorite Chardonnay. However, when I tasted this lovely little wine from the Yarra Valley, I was thoroughly impressed. This is well-balanced, Burgundian style Chardonnay, with lovely nutty notes that remind me of Meursault. It also has a unique flinty quality that is often only found in the Puligny area. Needless to say, this is one of my new favorite finds in the white wine world.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2018 | Send Email
The Ingram Road Chardonnay had us thinking of a mini Chassagne, fairly balanced with crisp acidity, minerality and a great toasty note as well as a slight nuttiness that compliments the fresh fruitiness of the mid palate. Finishing off with a nice creamy note, this is sure to be a huge hit for fans of French as well as new world chardonnay!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/2/2018 | Send Email
This Chardonnay has incredible balance and breadth, with rich tone fruit notes and roundness from the oak toast. The cool climate influence is pure here with a fresh palate and crystalline lift. Whatever formula Helen's Hill has discovered working with their terroir has paid off. This wine has elements that would appeal to every Chardonnay enthusiast, from generous acid upfront to a rounded, creamy base to end. This will be one of my go-to's in Chardonnay for a long time coming. Sure to please the entire crowd.
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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