MASTERCLASS SERIES: April Session | The Classics

Do you sway towards Chardonnay? Or do you flip for Pinot Noir?

Either way, this April we treat fans of these two classics at separate events, zeroing in on the variety.

In these variety specific sessions, we will focus on clones, compare the difference between our two vineyards and look at the Yarra Valley cool climate region compared to others around the world. You will taste barrel samples, pre-releases, current vintages, Equilibrio and museum wines, as well as stunning examples from France.

Tasting lists and details follow.

Chardonnay Tasting | Saturday, 17 April
2021 Chardonnay
Barrel Sample:  Hexham assemblage, picked early March

2019 Chardonnay d’Soumah, $28 
Current: A new age, citrus crisp Chardonnay with texture and finesse.

2019 Single Vineyard Upper Ngumby Chardonnay, $40
Pre-release: Experience a steely minerality; nine months in barrel, 15 months in bottle

2019 Single Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay, $40
Current: 93 Points from James Suckling & Halliday Wine Companion

2019 Equilibrio Chardonnay, $80
Pre-release: Our preferred Mendosa clone in all it’s glory! 

2017 Single Vineyard Upper Ngumby Chardonnay, $45
Museum: 95 Points by James Halliday; Top Gold and Best 2017 Chardonnay in Show at International Cool Climate Wine Show

2017 Single Vineyard Hexham Chardonnay, $45
Museum: 94 Points by James Halliday; “There’s an easiness to the delivery across the palate…” ~ Tim White

2017 Equilibrio Chardonnay, $90
Museum: Best White Wine, Top Gold Medal (96 Points) at 2019 International Cool Climate Wine Show; Best White Wine at Japan Wine Showcase; “Ultra elegant and refined…quietly complex.” ~ Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review

2017 Guatherin Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, $95
Imported:  One of the ancestral homes of Chardonnay. Crisp clean lines.

2017 Vincent Latour Meusault St Jean, $155
Imported:  The Rolls Royce region for French Chardonnay. Smooth and opulent.


PINOT NOIR Tasting | Sunday,18 April

2021 Pinot Noir
Barrel Sample: Hexham assemblage, picked early March.

2019 Pinot Noir d’Soumah, $28
Current: Silver Medal by Australian Wine Showcase, 92 Points by James Suckling

2019 Single Vineyard Upper Ngumby Pinot Noir, $40
Pre-release: In barrel for nine months, bottle for 15 months. It’s ready!

2019 Single Vineyard Hexham Pinot Noir, $40
Current: 94 Points by James Suckling

2019 Equilibrio Pinot Noir, $80
Current:  “Medium to full red/purple colour, with a sweet cherry fruit-driven aroma, almost liqueur cherry in its ripe-tasting sweetness. There is firmness from acid and tannin and the wine has a touch of astringency.” ~ Huon Hooke, The Real Review

2017 Single Vineyard Upper Ngumby Pinot Noir, $45
Museum: 95 Points by James Halliday, Gold Medal at Australian Wine Showcase

2017 Single Vineyard Hexham Pinot Noir, $45
Museum: 95 Points by James Halliday; Gold Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards

2017 Equilibrio Pinot Noir, $90
Museum: 97 Points by James Halliday; Platinum Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards

2017 Jeanin-Naltet Mercurey 1er Cru Les Naugues, $115
Imported:  A region south of Cote d’Or that produces great value-for-money Pinots.

2017 Mugneret Vosne Romanee, $195
Imported:  One of the best Pinot Noir villages in all of Burgundy. Not for the faint-hearted in pricing — even for village wine!

Chardonnay: Saturday, 17 April
Pinot Noir: Sunday, 18 April

3pm – 4pm

$30 per person, includes tasting ten wines

Call our Cellar Door to reserve your class on 03 5962 4716. Payment required upon booking.

Please note: Places strictly limited (16 only). Book early to avoid disappointment.