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Toolangi Vineyards

www.toolangi.com

PO Box 9431, South Yarra, 3141

Cellar Door: Not

Ph: (03) 9827 9927

Toolangi's Reserve range is one of the most consistently high performing portfolios in the Yarra Valley.

Toolongi began in 1995 Garry and Julie Hounsell bought their property adjacent to the Toolangi State Forest in the Dixons Creek area.

The main focus of the 13 ha of low yielding vines is on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet with a small amount of Shiraz and Merlot. The fruit is supplemented from some local growers, and in 2005 a second vineyard has been purchased.

The Hounsells have astutely used a Victorian All Stars line-up of winemakers in recenty years: Tom Carson/Willy Lunn (Yering Station), Matt Harop (Shadowfax), Dave Bicknell (Oakridge), Franco d'Anna (Hoddles Creek), and Rick Kinzbrunner (Giaconda).

In the better vintages the Burgundy-style Reserve Chardonnay is justifiably widely seen as one of Australia's great Chardonnays. Recent single vineyard releases have also reached impressive levels in the top rung of Victorian wines.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Toolangi Rose 2016

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, pale salmon orange colour. derived from Shiraz and made by Dominique Portet, floral, delicate and glossy strawberry and forest fruits with some savoury notes and creamy lees inputs, refreshing twist of mandarin acidity keeps it in balance (***1/2)

Toolangi Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting:: Oct 2015, fragrant and supple blackberry, cranberry and cherry with violet and mint notes, the medium bodied palate has a earthy undercarriage with a note of flat sarsaparilla and toasty oak on the back half, in the open, approachable style of the 2013 vintage but will gain from medium term cellaring (****1/2 )

Toolangi Pauls Lane Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, estate grown, low yielding vines, made at Oakridge, perfumed and silky black cherry, raspberry and dark plums with violet and peppery spice notes, the glycerolly palate is only just medium bodied with some elegance and forest floor complexity, has a streak of minerality, the spicy vanilla/coffee oak is integrated and balanced (****1/2)

Toolangi F Block Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, new single block release, well focussed and pure white nectarine, lemon zest, savouriness and grilled cashew, tightly wound with very good length and intensity, racy and linear palate that will unfurl much complexity over the next decade (*****)

Toolangi Pauls Lane Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($44)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, new single vineyard release made by Franco D’Anna (Hoddles Creek), floral and fairly restrained showing white nectarine, melon and white flowers, builds some more intensity down the linear palate, tightly wound grapefruit acidity and oak spice (****)

Toolangi Reserve Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, made by Rick Kinzbrunner (Giaconda), in a softer, later picked style than the 2011s, rich and ripe white nectarine, lemon sherbert and honeydew melon with grilled nut and savoury meal notes, toasty oak and crisp lemony acidity (****)

Toolangi E Block Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, new single block release made by Rick Kinzbrunner (Giaconda), aromatic, light-medium bodied redcurrant and red cherries, quite dry with wood bark forestiness and a mentholly note, creamy, spicy French oak is a bit overt at moment (***1/2)

Toolangi Estate Viognier 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, floral, talcy and lighter bodied showing white peach, melon and apricot kernel with musky spice and ginger nuances, crisp lemony acidity with fine, powdery phenolics (***1/2)

Toolangi Estate Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, this their entry level and is made at Yering Station, bright, generous and a little broad showing peach, melon and tropical fruit with some charry hazelnut and chalky minerality on the finish, not a lot of drive (***)

Toolangi Estate Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, a bit reductive and tightly wound despite the five years since vintage, light-medium bodied sour black cherry and dark plum with forest floor, asian spice complexity and underlying mushroom notes beginning to emerge, persistent savoury tannins with balanced clove-vanilla-cedar oak (****)

Toolangi Reserve Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($80)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2008, made by Giaconda’s Rick Kinzbrunner using Dixon Creek and Coldstream fruit, more developed yellow colour, complex with lots of evident wine-craft, rich stonefruit, nectarine and melon with grilled nut, nougat and biscuit notes showing on the palate, racy lemon acids are interwined with the chalky minerality (****1/2)

Toolangi Estate Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2008, sourced entirely from the Dixons Creek vineyard, creamy and rounded with ample mealy lees aspects, stonefruit, melon and nectarine flavours, subtle toasty grilled nut and vanilla oak intertwined with the minerally finish, a bit heavily worked but gets away with it (****)

Toolangi Estate Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2008, sourced from Dixons Creek, unfiltered, polished and fragrant but in the bigger end of the Pinot Noir spectrum, medium-full bodied raspberry and sour black cherry with clove, black pepper, rose petal and forest floor notes, glycerolly plump mid-palate, charry cedar oak with touch of chocolate, lingering savoury tannins (****)

Toolangi Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2008, sourced from a Coldstream vineyard, brightly flavoured melon, nectarine and white peach with well controlled barrel ferment texture and some nutty lees texture, vibrant lemon acids supported with balanced spicy vanilla oak, good value everyday drinking (***1/2)

Toolangi Reserve Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, the aromatic Sirugue French oak complements the vibrant melon, stonefruit and nectarine flavours, the creamy and multi-textured plate shows nutty and biscuity features, well structured minerality and citric acids (****1/2)

Toolangi Reserve Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, intense plum, blueberry and blackcurrant with a touch of liqueur black cherry, full bodied with black pepper features, multi-layered palate with richer savoury features and excellent fruit depth, spicy cedary oak (****1/2)

Toolangi Estate Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, plum, blueberry and blackcurrant, medium-full bodied with black pepper features, more elegant and structured than the generic with richer savoury features and better fruit definition, spicy cedary oak (****)

Toolangi Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, melon, nectarine and stonefruit, creamy but well textured palate with malo and barrel ferment inputs and a touch of honeyed sweetness, balanced spicy French oak adds complexity to back palate, excellent value (****)

Toolangi Estate Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, similar melon, nectarine and stonefruit flavours as the generic, the heavily worked palate is richly textured with biscuity notes with a tightly structured minerally base , toasty and spicy French oak (****)

Toolangi Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2007, from Healesville, plum, blueberry and blackcurrant, medium-full bodied with black pepper features, a touch porty alongside savoury aspects, cedary oak, a little unfocussed (***1/2)