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Carlei Green Vineyards Chardonnay 2004

Carlei Green Vineyards Chardonnay 2005

Variety: Chardonnay

Vintage: 2004Harvest date: 23rd, 24th & 29th March, 13th April, 2005

Vineyard location: Yarra Valley, various

Oenological Data:
Harvest Beaumé: 12.5 to 13.0Total acidity: 6.37 g/l pH: 3.29

Alcohol: 13.5% alc/volProduction: 1150 dozen

Winemaker’s Notes:
The fruit was harvested from four different locations from low yielding vines in the Yarra valley. The different parcels of grapes were processed using either whole bunches and air bag pressing or crushed and basket pressed – the resulting juice being oxidatively handled and racked to French oak barrels after overnight settling. The whole bunch juice was directly transferred with its “solids” to the barrel for primary fermentation. Each barrel was treated as an individual batch; ferments were either cultured yeast or natural, resulting in different flavour profiles. Each barrel was bâtonnaged and blended after 12 months maturation in new and used French oak. Small parcels of malo-lactic fermentation were performed in some barrels for added complexity.

Tasting Notes:
Light yellow in colour with a green hue, the wine is showing lifted stone and citrus fruit along with some nutty aromatic nuances. There are aromas of roasted nuts, slight match strike and a hint of vanilla oak covering up the fruit. The palate shows white peach, melon and grapefruit mingling with hazelnuts. This is wrapped in a creamy texture that is dry with crisp but gentle, firm acid at the finish. An elegant wine with balance and finesse that has the potential to age and develop further complexity in the bottle.

Cellaring: 3 to 5 yearsPrinter Friendly PDF: PDF Download Carlei Green Vineyards Chardonnay 2005

Awards & reviews:

“Sergio Carlei has developed something of a cult following for his handcrafted wines from southern and central Victoria. His Heathcote Shiraz has invariably attracted much acclaim, but I was enamoured by this interesting and complex Yarra Valley chardonnay…Delicious!”

Paddy Kendler, The Herald Sun, 21st August 2007


Wild and wooly. Really got me thinking this wine. It smells funky and seems to sit high in the mouth, it’s chalky, whitepeach- like flavours coating your tongue and gums in dry, captivating flavour. Grilled nuts, nectarine, pear skins ... and, for want of a better term, funk. There's a bit going on here. I like it a lot, but I suspect that it will polarize (an admirable thing). Drink: 2008-2012
91 points

Campbell Mattinson, July 13th, 2007



Carlei Green Vineyards Chardonnay 2004

Carlei Green Vineyards Chardonnay 2004

Variety: Chardonnay

Vintage: 2004Harvest date: 3rd, 5th & 10th April, 2004

Vineyard location: Yarra Valley, various

Oenological Data:
Harvest Beaumé: 12.5 to 13.3Total acidity: 7.28 g/l pH: 3.17

Alcohol: 13.5% alc/volProduction: 1400 dozen

Winemaker’s Notes:
The fruit was harvested from four different locations from low yielding vines in the Yarra valley. The different parcels of grapes were processed using either whole bunches and air bag pressing or crushed and basket pressed – the resulting juice being oxidatively handled and racked to French oak barrels after overnight settling. The whole bunch juice was directly transferred with its “solids” to the barrel for primary fermentation. Each barrel was treated as an individual batch; ferments were either cultured yeast or natural, resulting in different flavour profiles. Each barrel was bâtonnaged and blended after 12 months maturation in new and used French oak. Small parcels of malo-lactic fermentation were performed in some barrels for added complexity.

Tasting Notes:
Light yellow in colour with a green hue, the wine is showing lifted stone and citrus fruit along with some nutty aromatic nuances. There are aromas of roasted nuts, slight match strike and a hint of vanilla oak covering up the fruit. The palate shows white peach, melon and grapefruit mingling with hazelnuts. This is wrapped in a creamy texture that is dry with crisp but gentle, firm acid at the finish. An elegant wine with balance and finesse that has the potential to age and develop further complexity in the bottle.

Cellaring: 3 to 5 yearsPrinter Friendly PDF: PDF Download Carlei Green Vineyards Chardonnay 2004

Awards & reviews:

“Winemaker Sergio Carlei has come up with a chardonnay whose tangy acidity helps give food compatibility. The shy aromas recall pear, fresh cashew and dusty oak; the palate has weight and while not especially complex, it has a softly flowing texture, finishing with crisp acid.”

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“Fine and elegant citrus and nutty barrel ferment aromas, then a long, precisely focused palate; nectarine and grapefruit; bracing and crisp finish.” 94/100.

Australian Wine Companion 2007, James Halliday

“…here is truly superb, “tour de force” Chardonnay, which is dramatic, complex & layered, yet is very tasty, seamless, well textured and balanced.”

Chuck Furuya, Master Sommelier, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

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