95 points August 2017

2014 Sophie’s Block Chardonnay. A stunning iridescent yellow flecked with lime, this is a bracing chardonnay, firmly planted in Beechworth’s subalpine, granitic soils. Unusual in Australia – although the rites of passage for many great Burgundian producers – the fruit was gently crushed to maximise aromatic release and complexity. A small percentage of whole berry/whole cluster were retained. Fermentation, naturally, was wild. All of this explains why the wine is bursting with flavour and personality given that mlf was eschewed. Truffles and oatmeal flavours are splayed across this wine’s tensile, chalky spine. French oak is there, but merely as a support. A very fine, terroir-driven wine. Kudos!