All wines over $25 per bottle will be vintage specific. In the case the listed vintage is out of stock, we will inform you via email for approval to go ahead.
World Wine – Youthful and vibrant with layered aromatics of stone fruit, baking spices, and a chalky nuance. Palate is poised with great length, vanilla, hazelnut and cream, very fine texture and minerality. Seamless, elegant and mouth-watering. - 98 points + Double Gold medal at the 2021 New Zealand International Wine Show.
James Halliday – This is a fine chardonnay hewn by a sensitive regime: spontaneous and inoculated ferment on plenty of solids, 50% natural malolactic and no lees stirring, resulting in a nutty, broad chardonnay on attack, boasting a filigreed line of mountain acidity, beautifully handled oak and detailed lees work across the mid-palate to finish. This adds to the textural composition and energy of the wine, while corralling the abundant stone, toasted nuts and orchard fruit flavours. - Ned Goodwin MW
The Wine Front – Invariably lovely wines from Onannon. Nectarine, ripe grapefruit, vanilla wafer biscuit, a little spice and flint. Smooth and even delivery of ripe Chardonnay flavour, a creamy gloss with a ripe citrus tang, a little bit savoury, a little bit fruity, but finds ideal balance for pleasurable drinking. Finish offers watermelon rind and lime zest, and goes pretty long. 94 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front June 2021
Decanter – Domaine Bernard Defaix is a highly-rated family estate based in Milly, with the vines for this bottling averaging 30 years age. Ten months lees ageing adds to the complexity on both the nose and palate. Refined, classy and complex characters on show here, which meld beautifully with the ripe peachy fruit notes. A very fine, expressive, distinctive Chablis which is ready to drink now but will age very well for many years.
James Halliday – Estate-grown I10V5 clones, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed with full juice solids to French barriques and puncheons (30% new) for fermentation, no mlf or stirring. The mouthfeel is very good, the balance between crisp youth and the measured complexity of maturity. Looked even better on retasting.
James Halliday – Swallowfield, single Block 1 planted with I10V3, whole-bunch pressed with full juice solids to French and Austrian barriques, no mlf, 10 months on lees with no stirring. The wine is vibrantly crisp and fresh, its purity and, above all, its length. That length is special, a single depiction of the Yarra Valley's ability to make great chardonnay.
James Halliday – Announces its credibility with the first whiff of the bouquet, equally quickly confirmed by the palate. This is very good stuff, fully ripe at 12.5%, and not looking to be a wannabe sauvignon blanc. It's white peach first up, then pink grapefruit takes command on the back-palate and finish.
James Halliday – Swallowfield Vineyard, clones 76 and I10V5 hand-picked, crushed and pressed to French barriques (40% new) with juice solids, 40% mlf, 10 months on lees. The wine flows silently at first, then soars on the finish and aftertaste. The fruit is a seamless mix of white peach and grapefruit. Lovely, elegant chardonnay.