2020 Santolin ‘Gladysdale’ Chardonnay
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2020 Santolin ‘Gladysdale’ Chardonnay


2021 James Halliday Australian Chardonnay Challenge, 96 points 
2021 Melbourne Royal Wine AwardsGOLD medal, 95 points
2021 Yarra Valley Wine ShowGOLD medal, 95 points

“Sourced from the Willowlake vineyard in Upper Yarra, this cool climate chardonnay is lavishly styled. Its buxom core of creamed honey, toasted hazelnuts and grapefruit pith are girdled by a fine driving line of acidity that injects vibrancy and life into the wine. Beautifully balanced, there’s richness yet tension, the wine walks a tight rope between exuberance and restraint. Spicy French oak complements the fruit, adding depth while framing the fruit. A delicious modern Aussie chardonnay.” ~ Gabrielle Poy, PWS.


This 2020 Chardonnay is produced from fruit grown on a single block from the Willowlake vineyard in Gladysdale, Upper Yarra Valley. It has been crafted with minimal intervention, using natural fermentation, no fining and only a single filtration before bottling.

Hand picking commenced on March 25th 2020. Grapes were chilled overnight then whole bunch pressed, and the juice transferred to a mixture of new and old French oak barrels. A portion of the grapes were fermented on skins to add texture and mouthfeel. Once dry, the wine was left to mature on lees until blending, where the wine underwent a single, course filtration before bottling.


Varieties: 100% Yarra Valley Chardonnay.

Alcohol: 12.9%

pH: 3.24

TA: 7.4g/l

Cellaring: 5-8 years

Fermentation: Wild Ferment in oak

Oak Maturation: 10 months in 100% French oak – 30% new

Total Production: 280 dozen

Additional Notes: Suitable for vegans

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