From the man at the helm of the Sacred Hill Wines. Tony has now started his own label and he will be producing only Chardonnay. The wine is clearly aimed at the 'old school' style of Chardonnay, exemplified best by his top Skeetfield label. But Tony's expertise allows the wines to remain elegant and refined, even while they are while big, bold and buttery. Experimentation in style and technique is meanwhile producing results in new styles such as his remakable, un-oaked Golden Egg Chardonnay.
What The Critics Say
97/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"Magnificently styled and composed, the wine shows nectarine, rockmelon, fig, brioche and spicy
oak characters on the nose, leading to a wonderfully concentrated palate that displays
outstanding depth and persistency. It's multi-layered and expansive with stunning poise and
structure, ensuring its graceful journey." Drink 2022 - 2030
95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2017 vintage)
"From the Skeetfield vineyard where old Mendoza clone chardonnay vines are dry farmed. Intense, stylish chardonnay with peach, citrus, chalky mineral, brioche and hazelnut flavours. A richly-textured wine with a lengthy finish. Good now but should develop well in bottle. 06 OCT 2018."
95/100 Jamie Goode (2017 vintage)
Single vineyard just out of Fernhill. Old vine dry-farmed block, 25 years old. The owner is a skeet shooting champion, appropriately named Dennis Gunn. In 2005/6/7 Tony made Chardonnay under the Gunn label and won lots of trophies, and when Sacred Hill switched the attention to their Riflemans block, Tony got what he calls the Skeetfield fruit from Dennis. This is fermented in ovum (40%) and barrique (60%, new oak). Really fine and expressive with well integrated oak and a nice spiciness, as well as refined pear and white peach fruit. So harmonious with lovely weight and texture, and a long, fresh finish. A really classy wine."
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