Halliday - Legends | 3 pack
95 PointsBondar's Chardonnay is, as always, sourced from the 30 year old Rathmine single vineyard in Echunga (450 metres above sea level), on stony, shallow clay loam over a limestone base. All of Bondar's fruit is hand-picked in the cool of early morning, whole-bunch pressed directly to barrel, and fermented naturally in French oak (approx. 25% new) and two ceramic eggs. With the natural acid of the fruit so high, some parcels were allowed to go through malo naturally until the balance of acidity was just so. No lees stirring.
Garagiste Le Stagiare Pinot Noir
93 PointsThe wines that make up this terrific value blend could quite easily have been bottled as single-vineyard wines. Balnarring and Tuerong make up the bulk of the blend, with a little whole-bunch Merricks adding lift and complexity. Across the blend, the grapes were sorted then de-stemmed (a small percentage was fermented with 10% whole bunches), and then fermented in concrete using indigenous yeast, with minimal hand plunging and 22 days on skins. The wine was then aged for ten months on gross lees in puncheon, concrete and foudre (5% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered. The note below sums up this deliciously sappy and juicy Pinot well.