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Journey Wines - Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Victoria
  • Wine Area: Yarra Valley
  • Wine Maker: Damian North
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
JH: 95 (2014) WF: 91 (2015) HH: 95 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

Pale straw colour. The mild end to the growing season has produced a beautifully balanced wine with a nose of white peach, almonds and citrus. The intense palate exhibits delicious stone fruit balanced by a line of citrus freshness through the long finish.

Winery Information

Journey Wines

Journey Wines are a reflection not only of the unique vineyard sites on which the grapes were grown – but also of the journey of winemaker Damian North. Damian’s journey into the world of wine began working as a sommelier at landmark Sydney restaurants like the original Tetsuya’s in Rozelle and Pier in Rose Bay. Deciding that his future lay in the intriguing world of wine, he studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University and moved to the Yarra Valley where he spent a number of.. read more

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014)95 pts

From three distinguished parts of the Yarra Valley, whole bunch-pressed, 25% fermented in new puncheons from leading coopers, the balance in used puncheons and barriques on lees (with some stirring), matured for 10 months. This is a powerful chardonnay with layers of white peach fruit interleaved with grapefruit. It carries this off with panache.

Wine Front (2015)91 pts

Lemon and green melon, marzipan, sprigs of herbs. Zesty feel to palate, lean and racy, brisk, citrus focussed, good length of flavour.

Huon Hooke (2014)95 pts

Medium yellow colour with a complex bouquet, which has reductive elements as well as grapefruit and citrus early-harvested fruit and sensitively handled oak adding toasty notes. It's medium-bodied and intense, with a salty, lemony, minerals aftertaste. Its tense, nervy, tight palate would make a good food wine.

Vinification Notes

Whole-bunches of Chardonnay were pressed while cool. The juice settled for around 15 hours before racking to barrel with high solids content. Fermentation with wild yeast took place in 25% new French 500 litre puncheons (Mercurey, D’Aquitane and Saint Martin), with the remainder in one, two and three year old French puncheons. Ferment temperatures were kept low to maintain fruit freshness. Once fermentation was complete the wine was sulphured immediately with no malolactic fermentation. The wine remained on yeast lees in barrel for 10 months, stirred occasionally during the early stages of maturation to enhance mid-palate complexity.