Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com
93 Points - Ripe tropical and stone fruits here, this has a wealth of acid-fuelled power. Oak is restrained. There’s an almost semillon-like feel to the palate. Drink now to 2025+. Screw cap.
Gary Walsh, Wine Front
96 Points - Struck match, cashew and almond, lime and peach. Medium bodied, mouth-filling palate, crystal clear limey acidity, power and style, but not heavy. Silky feel. Crisp flinty finish, that’s so pure and long. It’s all here. Best young Vat 47 I can remember.
Lester Jesberg, Winewise
5 stars out of 5 - Power with restraint. Classy French oak wafts from the glass but doesn’t dominate. The palate is tight, long and intense. 30% new French oak. 100% basket pressed.
This wine is a study in structure and restraint – so far removed from Hunter chardonnays of even a decade ago. Barrel work plays a key part in the textural side of this wine, but, even though French oak aroma and flavour plays a part, it doesn’t assert itself. The wine is driven by a core of intense fruit backed by acidity.