94 Points – James Halliday Wine Companion
Recently tasted the 2015 wine as a selection of Yarra Valley Chardonnays for a USA based panel. It looked so fresh. This new incarnation of the regional style ages superbly. At six years old the wine is rounder and more complete. Try to save a bottle or two.
2016 Layla Chardonnay. Warmer Vintage with a touch more richness. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the free run and pressings separated for fermentation. After chilling, 50% of the unsettled juice was placed in 500 litre puncheons and 228 litre barriques for fermentation. At the end of fermentation, the wine was left on yeast lees for 8 months. The lees were stirred weekly. The remaining juice was fermented in tank to retain the fresh aromas and flavours of the variety. This wine also remained on yeast lees for an extended period of time.
Alcohol: 12.9% | pH: 3.32 | TA: 6.9g/L | Dozen Produced: 430