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Fowles Wine - Are You Game Chardonnay 2018

White wine from Victoria · Australia
£15.50 £13.50
Case Rate: £13.50
Ex Tax: £11.25
Wine Region: Victoria
Wine Maker: Victor Nash and Lindsay Brown
Grape: Chardonnay
Alcohol Percentage: 13.70
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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88 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Wine Region: Victoria
Wine Maker: Victor Nash and Lindsay Brown
Grape: Chardonnay
Alcohol Percentage: 13.70
Unit Quantity (ml): 750


The Fowles Wine vineyards and winery are located in the dramatic granite landscape of Strathbogie Ranges region of Victoria, Australia. Fowles Wine crafts some of Australia’s finest cool climate wines, winning many of Australia’s most prestigious wine medals and trophies. Home to Fowles Wine vineyards and winery, the Strathbogie Ranges is characterised by massive granite boulders – the very boulders that have given rise, over millions of years, to the sandy loam soils in which our vines grow. This is a harsh Australian landscape with soil that is nutrient poor and retains very little water – difficult for farmers to grow livestock, but a wonderful landscape for grape growers seeking to grow fruit with great intensity. Couple these attributes with the cool climate, gentle aspect and glorious summer sunshine and the Strathbogie Ranges is an ideal region for growing grapes and making wine. The mean January temperature is 19.15°C and the average annual rainfall in our family vineyards is 700 mm (28 inches). Harvest in the Strathbogie Ranges generally occurs from late February through to early May.

Wine tasting notes

Full-bodied yet well-corseted Chardonnay from Victoria in south-east Australia, creamy and tropical, with peach, papaya and a trace of biscuit.

Winery information

Fowles Wine

Fowles Wine is family owned and the first Victorian winery to win the VISY Great Australian Shiraz Challenge trophy for Australia's Best Shiraz in 2010. Whilst winning many of the best 'traditional' awards in the Australian wine scene and being named a "Winery to Watch" by Wine Spectator, the VISY award was significant because it was judged by legendary winemaker Stephen Henschke. More recently the star offer featured today, the Are You Game Shiraz from the outstanding 2012 vintage was named in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014.The vineyards and winery are located in the dramatic granite landscape of the Strathbogie Ranges wine region, Victoria, Australia. The rugged and beautiful Strathbogie Ranges are located an hour and a half drive north east of Melbourne, just north of the Yarra Valley and east of Heathcote. The vineyards are peppered with massive ancient granite boulders, at elevations between 430 and 550 metres above sea level. The soils in the family vineyards are comprised of decomposed granite, interdispersed with massive granite outcrops. Technically speaking, the soil is sandy clay loam overlying granite and Callabonna clay bedrock - the soils are remarkably even across the vineyards. Ancient, nutrient poor and free-draining, these soils are great for grapes because the vines put their energy into fruit development (its means of survival), rather than canopy.The climate in the Strathbogie Ranges is cool with a January mean temperature of 19.5C. However, an almost constant wind whistles through the vines up here ensuring good air circulation in the grapes, reducing the risk of frost damage in early spring and mildew in summer. The location of the Strathbogie Ranges, north of Great Dividing range, means the vineyards experience strong diurnal weather patterns ? warm days, cool nights. These conditions allow the fruit to gradually ripen over a longer period of time accumulating the right balance of sugars and acid whilst building intense flavour and colour. The lower rainfall (average annual rainfall is 700mm) and quick draining soils mean the vines have dry feet (vines don't like their roots constantly soaked) and as a result produce low yielding, flavourful fruit.The style and character of Fowles Wine reflects this cool climate home. The white wines have great fruit intensity, minerality and are light and fresh. The red wines are highly perfumed, intensely coloured and powerful, yet restrained and elegant.The Are you Game and Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch wines are very food friendly - the key idea seems to be to produce wines with the texture and intensity of flavour that will match with game meats. They are made with grapes grown in Matt's coolest vineyard sites, making for a finished wine that has more acidity and fragrance than many Oz wines - the perfect foil for the intensity of game meat. Matt Fowles explains that "I'm a keen hunter and eater of game meats," he tells me. "The texture and flavour is so different from farmed animals, and we are trying to recreate that difference, and something of the textures and flavours, in the range."

Food matching

Wild Game, especially pheasant or quail.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013) - 88 pts

Feb 2015 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Containing a little Viognier, the 2013 Are You Game? Chardonnay opens with a lovely peaches-and-cream nose leading to lifted floral and white blossom notes with honeydew melon and toasty nuances. Medium-bodied, it delivers balanced elegance on the palate and a refreshing medium to long finish with some of that toastiness reemerging in the end.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013) - 88 pts

Mar 2016 - Pale yellow. Fresh melon and tangerine on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Juicy and smooth in texture, with a hint of candied ginger adding back-end cut and spiciness. Finishes clean and tight, with good clarity and melony persistence. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Spectator (2013) - 89 pts

May 31, 2015 - Sleek and focused, with pinpoint pear, lime and spice flavors on a polished frame. The finish has intensity. Drink now through 2017. –HS

James Halliday (2013) - 84 pts

Has a splash of viognier, which in my view is the last thing the wine needed, blurring its varietal expression.

Wine Front (2012) - 86 pts

Fresh-faced style of chardonnay with a smidge of oak from the folks at Fowles Wine.. This is a pretty steady drop. It tastes of sweet-ish pear and citrus with spicy, creamy oak whispering in the background. It belongs in the fresh and crisp category, though it clearly tastes of chardonnay grape flavour. It’s not bad. Crowd pleasing.

Ray Jordan (2013) - 90 pts

This is interesting to say the least. It's Chardonnay with a little dash of Viognier. It's different and worth a look with the Viognier adding a distinct lift with it's floral impact on the nose.

Vinification notes

The wine was fermented between 13C and 16C with 85% fermented in stainless steel and 15% in barrel to add complexity and texture. Matured in new and old French oak with lees stirring.