2020 was such a phenomenal vintage for Chardonnay in the Yarra. This wine sits somewhere in between the 2012 and 2017, with the taut acidity of the 2012 and the power and intensity of the 2017. There is a slight hint of flint on the nose, but really it’s defined by the expressive primary fruit it exudes. Green apple, citrus, pear and a hint of butterscotch and toast are all present. The palate walks a fine line between stonefruit and melon flavours. The 25% new oak shows some presence, but the power of the fruit sits well on-top ensuring the oak is merely there for background complexity. The acid and phenolics work perfectly in tandem to bring austerity to the palate and draw out an exceptionally long finish. This wine needs an additional 3 years in the cellar, at a minimum, before it will begin to show it’s best.