2020 Chardonnay

2020 Chardonnay


Clone: Bernard selection 76 own rooted – Vines planted in 2014.

Sourced solely from Lone Star Creek Vineyard, Upper Yarra Valley. C Block is yellow duplex soil.

Fruit picked on 1 April, 2020


Winemaker: Franco D’Anna

Total crush: 11 dozen – Crushed, pressed & cooled at receival, barrel primary and random natural malolactic fermentation.



Inoculation of yeast.

Maturation: nine months on lees in new (18%) and used French Barrique (225l)

Cold stabilised, filtered and bottled 20 December, 2020.

Contains sulphites.

Vegan friendly: no animal products used.

12.5% alc/vol; Approx. 7.4 standard drinks

Tasting notes:

Soft white stone fruit backed by citrus character on the nose. While on the palate, a quite complex and textural wine with partial malolactic ferment evident in a creamier feel.

Acid grip gives length to the finish.

Awards & Reviews:

Silver Medal: James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge, 2021
Silver Medal: Yarra Valley Wine Show, 2021 (93 points)
Halliday Companion 2022: 92 Points:

Lots of zest appeal here, taking off with all manner of citrus flavours and lemon blossom florals too. There’s texture with some lees influence imparting grilled nuts and creamy curd. A shapely wine with soft acidity gently leading it to the finishing line. winefront.com.au

The Wine Front: 92+ points:

It’s racy in style but it has the texture, complexity and length to pull it off. It tastes of lemon curd and sprays of fragrant herbs, though nectarine and cedar push through too. I don’t overtly see flint here but it’s suggestive of it; it’s a vibe thing.

(Note Campbell had the RRP wrong – it’s $26 not $22! – still great value.)