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Carlei Estate Chardonnay 2003

Carlei Estate Chardonnay 2005

Variety: Chardonnay

Vintage: 2005Harvest date: 13th April, 2005

Vineyard location: Cool Rolling Hills of the Southern
Blue Dandenongs, Yarra Valley

Oenological Data:
Harvest Beaumé: 13.7Total acidity: 6.7 g/l pH: 3.20

Alcohol: 13.5% alc/volProduction: 250 dozen

Winemaker’s Notes:
The fruit is from low yielding (1.5 tonne/acre), dry grown old vines from Yarra Valley. The grapes were whole bunched pressed, the juice being oxidatively handled and racked with solids to French oak barrels (50% new), where natural ferments took place. Each barrel underwent periodic bâtonnage, with some going through partial malo-lactic fermentation to add another layer of complexity. The wine was blended and bottled after 14 months in oak.

Tasting Notes:
Aromas of toasted nuts, citrus oils and match strike combined with crisp white stone fruit. These follow on to the palate providing excellent intensity, mouth filling mealy texture and a vibrant finish of great length. A complex and elegant wine with underlying power, classic balance and great structure. It is only just starting to show what lies ahead.

Cellaring: 5 years plusPrinter Friendly PDF: PDF Download Carlei Estate Chardonnay 2003

Awards and Reviews:

Top 100 and Blue Gold Award Winner - Sydney International Wine Competition

“A complex wine with sweet nectarine and peach fruit; good length and acidity to balance sweetness.”
90/100

2008 Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday

“Those that know him suggest that Serge Carlei might not be the most organized bloke on the planet. All I can say is - don't change a thing. We loved his wines in last year's dbwwm and we love them again this year. Serge’s aim is to reveal what each district does best and he picks the most appropriate grapes to exhibit that. This cracker chardy is spot on: a lovely complex wine with nectarine and lemony notes. Look for Serge again next year. ” 93 points

Ken Gargett, Don’t Buy Wine Without Me 2008

“Wild and wooly. Really got me thinking this wine. It smells funky and seems to sit high in the mouth, it’s chalky, white-peach-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

“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


Carlei Estate Chardonnay 2003

Carlei Estate Chardonnay 2003

Variety: Chardonnay

Vintage: 2003Harvest date: 23rd March, 2003

Vineyard location: Chum Creek, Yarra Valley

Oenological Data:
Harvest Beaumé: 13.7Total acidity: 6.7 g/l pH: 3.20

Alcohol: 13.5% alc/volProduction: 160 dozen

Winemaker’s Notes:
The fruit is from low yielding (1.5 tonne/acre), dry grown old vines from Yarra Valley. The grapes were whole bunched pressed, the juice being oxidatively handled and racked with solids to French oak barrels (50% new), where natural ferments took place. Each barrel underwent periodic bâtonnage, with some going through partial malo-lactic fermentation to add another layer of complexity. The wine was blended and bottled after 14 months in oak.

Tasting Notes:
Aromas of toasted nuts, citrus oils and match strike combined with crisp white stone fruit. These follow on to the palate providing excellent intensity, mouth filling mealy texture and a vibrant finish of great length. A complex and elegant wine with underlying power, classic balance and great structure. It is only just starting to show what lies ahead.

Cellaring: 5 years plusPrinter Friendly PDF: PDF Download Carlei Estate Chardonnay 2003

Awards and Reviews:

Top Gold Medal Class 23 – 2005 Victorian Wines Show

Top Gold Medal - Australian Wine Selector Magazine July 2007

“Showing some bottle development; full-on sweet peachy/stone fruit flavours have absorbed all the French oak. Opulently complex.” 93/100

2006 Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday

“Toasty nutty smelling, with rosemary lavender in the background quite subtle. Its the palate that des the talking though: lime-peel zesty intensity with a tight ball of creaminess and pith in the middle, as well as stone fruit, peachy things. Zingy and salty to close. Great mouth-feel. Classy chardonnay.” 95/100.

Tim White, Australian Financial Review, August 4-6, 2006

“This is marvelous, rich, textured, poised, beautiful drinking. It has made me fall further in love with chardonnay - my grape for ‘06”

Stuart Gregor, Sunday Herald Sun, February 2006

“This is a highly perfumed chardonnay with lifted citrus notes, particularly a lively sherbet-lemon character, white stone fruit, savoury leesy notes and subtle spicy oak adding to its complexity. Lovely palate weight and a long finish. It's multilayered, textured and such an elegant wine.”

Jane Faulkner, The Age, 14/01/06

 


Carlei Estate Chardonnay 2002

Carlei Estate Chardonnay 2002

Variety: Chardonnay

Vintage: 2002Harvest date: 12th April, 2002

Vineyard location: Chirnside Park, Yarra Valley

Oenological Data:
Harvest Beaumé: 13.2Total acidity: 8.2 g/l pH: 3.37

Alcohol: 13.0% alc/volProduction: 195 dozen

Winemaker’s Notes:
The fruit is from low yielding (1.0 tonne/acre), dry grown old vines from Yarra Valley. The grapes were whole bunched pressed, the juice being oxidatively handled and racked with solids to French oak barrels (50% new), where natural ferments took place. Each barrel underwent regular bâtonnage, with some going through partial malo-lactic fermentation to add another layer of complexity. The wine was blended and bottled after 12 months in oak.

Tasting Notes:
There colour is pale gold, which forebodes an intense, complex wine. One whiff of the bouquet and these indications are true. Along with intense tangy citrus there is nectarine, some roasted nuts, a hint of butter and some yeasty overtones. Completing the picture is well-integrated vanillin French oak. This is wrapped in a creamy texture that is dry and talc like with crisp acid at the finish and fabulous length.

Cellaring: 5 to 10 yearsPrinter Friendly PDF: PDF Download Carlei Estate Chardonnay 2003

Awards and Reviews:

Gold Medal Class 8 – 2005 Winewise Small Vignerons Awards

Best of the best Chardonnay
“Very complex flavour and structure; intense, tangy citrus and nectarine, hallmark Yarra length.” 95/100

2005 Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday

 

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