2019 Gembrook Hill Chardonnay
Brilliant pale straw colour with a very subtle greenish tinge to the edges and a watery hue. Delightful aromatics of white peach, nectarine and dried honey marry into citrusy nougat, light biscuity oak and spice notes. Elegant and fresh the palate carries nectarine, pear and citrus fruits over delicate dried honey, biscuity oak and wet stone characters. Finishes dry with vibrant acidity leading into an energetic and refined aftertaste.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Yields were down but quality high, although this wine seems to rise to the occasion no matter the season. Acidity takes charge this vintage, but in between there's grapefruit, barely-ripe white nectarine, a dash of ginger spice and some nutty/leesy influences giving it a flavoursome edge and texture. It's tight across the palate, defining good cellaring potential, yet its countenance makes it easy to enjoy now. Drink by 2029.
Jane Faulkner – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
Straight up we see excellent fruit intensity and a complement of cracked wheat. This has style, length, poise and complexity all in its kit-bag. There’s a silken aspect to its texture but green apple, nectarine, citrus and fennel notes give it a raciness, an edge. There’s an element of custard powder to the oak flavour but oak is not a major player in the wine. This is pretty gorgeous stuff, it has to be said. It’s elegance personified but it also has the power. Drink 2022-2028+
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front