Carlei Green Vinyards Chardonnay 2003
Top Aussie White
(Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, March, 22, 2005)
Carlei Green Vineyards Shiraz 2002 (Heathcote in Central Victoria)
Blue-Gold in the Sydney International Wine Competition (2003)
Carlei Green Vineyards Cabernets 2001
Top Gold (Only gold!) in the Concourdes du Vins of Victoria (2003)
The Green Vineyards Chardonnay 2001
Influenced by Rick Kinzbrunner at Giaconda (minimal handling, full malolactic fermentation, natural yeast fermentations), Serge Carlei has made some lovely chardonnays over the years under both the Green Vineyards and premium Carlei labels. And the Green Vineyards 2001, made from Yarra Valley fruit, is right up there with the best of them. With oak already well integrated, this chardonnay is more about richness and texture (without being heavy) than about simple, primary chardonnay flavours. It's already drinking well and will continue to do so over the next two to three years.
(The Australian Financial Review Magazine, February 2003)
The Green Vineyards Chardonnay 1998
Sergio Carlei is striving for quality in his Green Vineyards wines. This chardoonay speaks of lots of handling to build complexity. It's rich, with melted butter, cashew, oatmeal and smoky oak dominating the fruit character. The palate is creamy, big and long.
(The Age Epicure, Uncorked, November 2000)
The Green Vineyards Chardonnay 1998
Delicate, crunchy cucumber and tangerine peel nose with subtle slightly wheat wood spice and vanilla bean. Some honey quince too. Attractive almond parmesan flavours/textures on the palate, savoury in style with white peach fruit finish. Tasty Burgundy-styled chardonnay. 88/100
The Australian Financial Review Weekend, 16-17 September 2000
The Green Vineyards Cabernets 1997
Smells ferrous and blueberry-blackberry packed with deep, juicy fruit and mintiness and vanilla. Attacks firm and grippy, and is loaded with cassis and blackberry. The texture is lush and sweet-sharp, with a hint of coal dust to close. 92/100
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The Green Vineyards Heathcote "The Forties Old Block" Shiraz 2000
"ripe and rich in flavour, open in texture, gloriously stacked with spicy, slightly earthy black cherry and aniseed character that lasts and lasts on the firm finish."
91 Points. Wine Spectator, July 31st 2002 Issue. Rated third best Australian Shiraz.
The Green Vineyards 1998 Heathcote The Forties Old Block Shiraz
"Imagine the most beautiful roles, pressed and preserved then transformed into a wine. This fragrant, eleoquent shiraz has the aroma of pressed flowers, and that delicacy holds even as the power of the blunt, young fruit takes over with the first sip. It's potent yet completely integrated, perfectly knit together so most any specific description is moot. Yet it speaks clearly of a place, of a mineral character that lifts it beyond merely gorgeous to something more ethereal."
Wine & Spirits - February 2001, Top 10 Australian Shiraz
(Rated 96/100 and third best Australian Shiraz out of 138 wines tasted - only the 1995 and 1996 Hill of Grace rated higher).
The Green Vineyards Pinot Noir 1999
- "a cracker of a wine"
(John Lethlean, Epicure, The Age).
The Green Vineyards Pinot Noir 2001
.. a nicely balanced, mid weight wine showing strawberry through to morello cherry flavours. A touch sappy and open-knit, its nicely crafted and quite long on the palate.
(Divine Food & Wine Magazine, Issue 31, November/January 2003)
Carlei Green Vineyards Pinot Gris 2004
Wine of the Week: “rich amalgam of pear-citrus-lime flavours from one of the most fastidious winemakers.”
John Fordham, Sydney Sunday Telegraph, May ‘05