This is an elegant, cooler-climate chardonnay whose appley and melon fruitiness are underpinned by intensity of flavour and Burgundy-like complexity.
The Independent - 16-Jun-2012
Toolangi Winery is the brainchild of Garry and Julie Hounsell; they planted their vineyard in Victoria’s Yarra Valley in 1995 and produced their first wine vintage in 2000. Their aim has been to produce wines of great complexity and subtlety, rather than power and muscle, and the location of their estate, all on north-east facing slopes on a clay-based soil with a thin layer of shale and stone topsoil, lends itself perfectly to this objective.
The estate now extends to 13 hectares and produces wine at 3 different levels from a range of grape varieties, although in our opinion it is Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which have excelled. Interestingly, the wines are not actually made at Toolangi itself; instead, Garry and Julie select highly skilled winemakers at other wineries in the Yarra Valley who each boast outstanding reputations for making wines from the variety allocated to them. An example is Rick Kinzbrunner, who we know well as he makes the great Giaconda wines also available in our portfolio. Toolangi has, in a very short time, acquired an enviable reputation for producing outstanding wines, helped by a policy of strictly low yields and painstaking attention to detail in the vineyard.
Mark Pardoe MW, Wine Director
The 2008 Toolangi Chardonnay offers aromas of stone-fruit, especially white peach, with a hint of more exotic fruits such as grapefruit and melon. Round, ripe and full on the palate, with excellent integration of fruit, oak and acidity. Just the beginnings of a nutty character as the wine ages. Drink with rich fish dishes or poultry. Aged in French oak barriques for 11 months before bottling.
Alun Griffiths MW
Bright pale straw. Very lively – more sophisticated and delicate than the Cape Chamonix. Well done! More rewarding than many white burgundies. Really charming.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, 17 July 2012