The excellent established TarraWarra Estate have released their Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from vintage 2013. The vintage saw a drop in yield by more than 50% of what they normally are from the slightly warmer vintage. The wines are slightly fuller, but still have all the hallmarks of the balanced and elegance that Clare Halloran and team produce.
TarraWarra Reserve Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, 2013
Natural ferment and whole bunch pressed. The fruit selection from different Chardonnay blocks held separately in a mix of old and new French oak barrels for 10 months..
Spiced dough, struck match, soft ripe peach balanced by a honeyed sweet weight from the vintage. Complex, refined and attractive.
Fuller rich honeyed white flowers overlaying textural, spiced refined flavour. Deft and incredibly well judged oak work: subtle, delicate. Peach and Canary melon fruit with almond meal tones. Natural acidity still shows well even from a warmer vintage. Complexity and richness, yet with plenty of excellent structural components that augur cellaring.
TarraWarra Reserve Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2013
The slightly warmer vintage provides a powerful beastie here indeed. Deep, plush cherry and raspberry fruit with brown spice, thyme and dried herbs.
Effortless silky palate with long cherry and dark red fruits. There’s a bloody meat, earthy hit and a coffee savoury intrigue. No shrinking violet: the chalky tannins provide the right balance of grip and texture for the fuller, riper muscular vintage.
Wine samples courtesy of TarraWarra Estate