WHY WE LOVE IT
- Established by the Smedley family, Mandala Wines is a five-star James Halliday-rated Yarra Valley winery.
- The Mandala Yarra Valley Chardonnay is handpicked from Mandala’s Dixon’s Creek vineyard.
- This wine can be aged five to eight years.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Elaboration: Hand-picked Dixon’s Creek and Upper Yarra Chardonnay. The whole clusters were gently pressed and transferred to barrel with all solids for fermentation. A combination of natural and selected yeast strains were utilized for alcoholic ferment. 10% of the batch completed malolactic fermentation. Clones 76, P58 and I10-V1. The soil type is clay loam. The wine is matured in barrel 10 months in 100% French oak, 15% new.
Tasting Notes: Flint, oyster shell, orange blossom, peanut husk, mandarin, brioche, white flowers along with hints of pear and spice. Good integrity from aroma to flavor. A generosity of fruit weight with a focused underlying citrus saline acidity. The finish is complex, savory and moreish.
2020 – 92 Wine Enthusiast | 91 James Halliday
Located in the picturesque Yarra Valley, Mandala Wines have proudly crafted wines of character and finesse since 1999. Established by the Smedley family, Mandala has two sites under vine: one at Dixons Creek, where the Cellar Door complex and glasshouse DiVino Ristorante is based, and the other at Yarra Junction in the Upper Yarra Valley region.
Both sites produce wine varietals that excel in the region; Dixons Creek is home to a mix of classic varieties, while the Yarra Junction vineyard was carefully selected for premium Pinot Noir production. Mandala Wines merges the qualities that make up the balance of ‘the good life’ – the love of family, food and wine; the best recipe for embracing and savoring life.