BackVintage Label 2016 BackVintage Reserve Yarra Valley Chardonnay

2016 BackVintage Reserve Yarra Valley Chardonnay

2016 BackVintage Reserve Yarra Valley Chardonnay
Tasting Notes by Nick Bulleid MW

Huon Hooke Top Value

James Halliday 91 points


The 2016 vintage in the Yarra Valley followed a warm, dry growing season and produced generously flavoured, yet still characteristically fine Chardonnays. The grapes for this wine came from vineyards in the lower Yarra near Dixons Creek, Yarra Glen and Coldstream. Yields ranged from 2.5-3T/acre. Most of the grapes were hand-picked. The grapes were whole bunch pressed to obtain the finest juice. This was then fermented in both French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks with light solids to gain texture and flavour.
Finally, it matured for nine months on lees to gain further mid palate and texture.

Pale lemon yellow

Fine honeydew melon and cashew aromas combine with subtle oak.

Structure / Palate
Medium bodied and elegantly structured. Fresh melon flavours and a little white peach. A suggestion of nutmeg from French oak adds complexity. Finishing with good length, light texture and crisp acidity.

Yarra Valley Chardonnays are typically understated in their youth and the antithesis of the big, “peaches and cream” older style Australian Chardonnays. This is delicious now as a fresh, fruit-forward wine, but it will gain more richness and complexity until at least 2019. It’s beautiful with poultry and seafood dishes; with age, richer roast white meats.


James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion:
"...Full of white and yellow stone fruit, ripe and fleshy on the palate, creamed honey and nutty, leesy notes with some spiced oak flavours too. Fuller-bodied with good acidity on the finish."
91 points. Drink to 2021.

Bottle Size 750mL
Bottle Closure Screwcap
Alcohol 13.0%
Cellaring Potential 2019+
Serving Suggestion Beautiful with poultry and seafood dishes.
Unit Size Bottle
Vegan Yes
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