2016 Reserve Chardonnay $40
2016 Reserve Chardonnay $40
This is a true expression of our Block F Chardonnay, planted by my family in 1976. Picked by hand, whole bunch pressed and wild fermented in 50% new French oak hogsheads with partial malolactic fermentation for added complexity.
A modern style of Chardonnay with citrus and stone fruit notes, leading to a complex and creamy palate, with nice acidity and length to finish. Will age well over the next 5 – 8 years.
Reviews & Awards
Gold Medal: 2017 Mudgee Wine Show
“96/100 … an exercise in elegance with spice, mealy richness and tantalising acidity interjecting a baseline of stone fruits. Another exceptional white from Robert Stein…” Wine Reviewer, Dec 2017
“94/100 … A powerful wine, loaded with ripe, peach-like fruit flavour and smoothed over with creamy oak, Bran, lees and flint notes add complex edges. It deserves to be served in large-bowled glassware; there’s more than a little fanfare to this wine. To 2024.” 2019 Halliday Wine Companion
“94/100 This Mudgee white shows rich melon and white peach fruit on the nose and palate, with some vanilla oak, a touch of creaminess and fine acid finish. Enjoy over the next five years…” Courier Mail, Mike Frost, Jan 2018
“… top notch chardonnay…” Vinonotebook. Regan Drew, Mar 2018
“Score: 92 ★★★★ Here is another well-made wine from Robert Stein and a fine example of Mudgee chardonnay. Admirable concentration on the nose with bright stone fruit, almond and melon aromatics. The palate has heightened acidity and a pleasing lemony vein. I enjoy the restrained fruit and the overall balance. The oak has been well-handled, and there are layers of gentle yeasty complexity” Toni Paterson MW, The Real Review, Nov 2017
“95/100 Enticing citrus and stone fruit notes turned one small tasting sip into finishing the bottle over dinner… It’s beaut right now. Food: Chicken pie.” Queensland Times, Jan 2017
“93/100 Buttered toast, faint hints of caramel, cashews, yellow stonefruits and fine spice all skip to a neat beat. It sways and flows with equal parts of elegance and sophistication… The drive and persistence keep you coming back for more…” QWine Reviews, Nov 2017
“Lovely peach, citrus and vanillin oak aromas, on the alluring bouquet. This wine is rich,complex and utterly yummy, with oodles of flavour and a long lingering finish. SUPERB” Wine Assist, Dan Traucki, Nov 2017
“… has a generous body, wonderful citrus and yellow stone fruit flavours, some fine spice, and a creamy palate with nice acidity… pair with poached salmon, salmon fish cakes, or grilled pork or veal chops topped with a creamy mushroom sauce.” eGlobal Travel, David Ellis, Dec 2017
Weight 1 kg
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