Levantine Hill Chardonnay 2017
1 or more bottles$79.00
Mike Bennie94 points
Huon Hooke91 points
Sourced 85% from our east-facing Mendoza clone and 15% from our P58 clone north-easterly aspect single blocks. Both blocks hand-picked,
sorted and whole bunch pressed. Settled overnight then coarsely racked
directly to barrel for a mix of wild and inoculated fermentation. Aged on
lees in barrel with minimal stirring.
This wine deliberately eschews the modern style of taut and fine-boned
expressions of Chardonnay, offering a defiant reclamation of the middle
ground where body, flavour and palate weight can co-exist with structure, texture & measured acidity.
Characters of flint, chamomile, crème anglaise, melting moments, white
peach, glazed pear Danish and caramel Jerseys with underlying toasty
char and struck match complexity. A fineness of palate with tensile
acidity truly represents the classic growing season yet wields an Intensity and heft of flavour and weight. Flavours of roasted macadamia and subtle honeysuckle work in concert with a tactile calcareous interplay underpinning a chalky pear-like texture. A lingering resonance of flavour is focused and enhanced by a precision of acidity and Measured fruit.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"Perhaps curious that the more pricey, Katherine’s Paddock wine was released before this one, or hit our sample room in that order, or maybe we lost this wine down the back of the couch. Here it is! C’est arrive! Lavish wine of rich character, layers of character and detail, sweet fruit,stone fruit, green mango, nougat-marzipan oak character, honey and soft toasty maturing characters, sweet lemony acidity keeping things in check. This is a decadent, hedonistic white of impressive shape and size, in balance, done well."
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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.
Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.
Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.
There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.
The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne.
The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world, and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.
Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world wine makers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production. Key wineries to look out for are Mayer, William Downie and Macforbes.
The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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About the brand Levantine Hill
Levantine Hill is the perfect merger of two vineyards right in the heart of the Yarra Valley. On the one side, a vineyard producing superior grapes since the 1990s. On the other, lovingly planted family blocks right alongside a Truffiére surrounding our Homestead. Together, this combined estate is pure testament to the passion and toil of dedicated human hands and man’s tenuous relationship with the nurturing love of Mother Nature.