Toolangi Vineyards have a clear and seemingly simple strategy; grow and source the highest quality Yarra Valley grapes and put them in the hands of the best winemaker for each varietal. This has served Toolangi well and today it stands as one of the star wineries of the Yarra Valley.
Only the second vintage under Kaspar Hermann, 2019 provided Toolangi with wonderfully balanced Chardonnay fruit with concentration of flavour and exceptional natural acidity. The fruit was hand-harvested from Toolangi's 18-year-old plantings (on A, B and G Blocks), crushed and pressed with full solids straight to oak (10% new). No malo was allowed, and the wine spent ten months on lees in barrel before bottling.
"Excellent intensity of flavour here. Crushed fennel, grapefruit, stone fruit and cedarwood. The impact of the fruit here is significant. It feels dry and quartz-like through the finish, and perhaps a touch warm, but if essence-of-chardonnay sounds good to you, then this is a wine you should investigate. 93 Points Oct20 13% alc. $30 Screwcap Drink : 2020 - 2025"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
"Smooth and creamy with a luscious core of stone fruit, pear and apple, it's scented with delicate floral notes, grapefruit and charcuterie, creamy yeast-derived complexity and coriander plus a suggestion of buttery, vanilla-like oak. Round and generous, with juicy fruit and cashew-like complexity, it extends over a fine dustiness towards a long and focused finish with a light savoury edge"- Toolangi Wines.
Gary and Julie Hounsell acquired and planted vines in the Yarra Valley in 1995. Toolangi welcomed their first vintage in 2000. As the owners of Toolangi Vineyards, Gary and Julie are firmly committed to making the finest possible wine. Their philosophy involves growing and sourcing the highest quality grapes from the Yarra Valley. Wines are principally made from estate grown fruit and supplemented when needed.
Toolangi produces wine with distinctive personality, each one showing a strong sense of place. Winemaking is outsourced to legendary Australian winemakers including Rick Kinzbrunner, Matt Harrop, Tom Carson, David Bicknell and Willy Lunn. The talented team shares a passion for making exceptional wine and enjoys the critical acclaim of the country’s leading wine writers.
Toolangi wines are a tribute to a great vineyard site and passionate winemaking team, with their cool-climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz always among Australia's leading examples of these varieties.
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