2011 Farrago Chardonnay

Farrago Chardonnay


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Tasting Profile

Back Vintage Release

The smallest of all our vineyard blocks (planted 1998), the Farrago wine is sourced from just 1.02 ha of a 2.76 ha gently sloping Chardonnay block. The mottled appearance of the clay soil is caused by a high percentage of ironstone pebbles, much like the Ferrous vineyard. This siliceous influence helps infuse the resulting wines with linearity and minerality. The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into all-used French oak barriques, where fermentation took place without inoculation. After fermentation the wine was aged on lees (without battonage) for 12 months, with the only racking occurring directly prior to bottling. The wine was bottled without fining and with minimal filtration.

Fine, reserved aromas of flint, citrus fruits, white flowers and a touch of cashew. Abundant flavour, yet remains tightly wound and very fine, with plenty of citrusy acidity and slatey minerals keeping everything focused. Complex and lengthy finish.


Tasting Profile 2016
Tasting Profile 2015
Tasting Profile 2013



James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016

Flinty edges but the soar of fruit is the thing. Grapefruit, apple and white peach with a shining wire of citrusy acidity strung from start to finish. Creamy oak. Gorgeous persistence. Good enough to spellbind.

96 points

Campbell Mattinson

WBM, January/February 2016

A showpiece of craftsmanship, with every nuance assembled perfectly in its place like clockwork, creating a seamless palate of fine-strung texture and persistence that hovers, undeterred, for minutes.

96 points

Tyson Stelzer

The Age, Wine Guide, September 2015

Complex Mornington Peninsula chardonnay from a benchmark estate. It’s a smooth, poised middleweight with a long smoky finish.

95 points

Huon Hooke

Winefront, March 2015

Built on citrus, green melon and apple but there’s a peachiness too, a creaminess, a toastiness and of course some bitterness from grapefruit. It’s a fruit gamut, with oak, on the park. It powers through but lilts long; it roars with acidity but has flavour draped and flowing. Indeed, this is very fine, indeed.

96 points

Campbell Mattinson

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The Vintage

When the Eastern states of Australia’s decade-long drought broke in September of 2010, the rains were met with great relief. The cooler conditions delayed vine development and gave expected harvest timeframes more akin to historical averages. However the growing season weather patterns came to be shaped by a strong La Niña, which meant Spring and Summer rains were frequent and significant, increasing the time demands on our viticulture team. This season we employed a number of techniques in the vineyard not used for a number of years, including leaf plucking to improve ventilation and sunlight interception in the fruit zone. Surprisingly, fruit set was good and cropping levels quite moderate despite the lack of heat and high humidity during flowering. The ripening period was cool and extended and has produced fragrant and delicate white wines and Pinot Noirs with attractively ripe tannins, balanced natural acidity and elegant, savoury fruit.

The Vineyard

The Kooyong vineyard is located on the Mornington Peninsula at Tuerong, on Miocene sedimentary soils. Our wines are made from domain grown, handpicked grapes and aim to manifest terroir: the integration of our geology and soils with the macroclimate of our region, the mesoclimates of the various sites within our vineyard and the weather of the annual grape growing season. Our cultural operations in the vineyard and practices in the winery endeavour to articulate these unique characteristics diligently, respectfully and without artifice.