2021 Chardonnay

2021 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 17 March, 2021

Analysis: Baume: 11.9, T.A.: 8.0g/l, pH:3.28


Winemaker: Franco D’Anna

Total crush: 127 dozen – Crushed, pressed & cooled at receival, barrel primary and random natural malolactic fermentation.



Inoculation of yeast.

Maturation: nine months on lees in new (37%) and used French Barrique (225l)

Cold stabilised, filtered and bottled 24 December, 2021.

Contains sulphites.

Vegan friendly: no animal products used.

12.5% alc/vol; Approx. 7.4 standard drinks

Tasting notes:

This wine is another big step forward in expressing the vineyard terroir. Delicate white fruit nose with a hint of grapefruit citrus and yeasty notes. The palate is broad and mouth filling with texture, length, and plenty of acid grip. The oak influence is slightly more obvious than in prior vintages – to the wine’s benefit.

Cellaring: drink now up to 10 years.

Awards & Reviews:

The Real Review, Huon Hooke: 92 points

“It’s just a baby with a very light straw-yellow hue and a reserved creamy yeast-lees aroma. Spicy too… The acidity is quite nervy and tangy lemony and singular. …it’s a lovely drink now and very refreshing.”

Halliday Wine Companion , Philip Rich: 91 Points

“…A medium green gold. Aromas of yellow apples, orchard fruits and a touch of butter. Has richness through the mid palate with those orchard fruits coming to the fore, finishing with a green apple-skin acidity.”