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12x 2016 Out of Step Wine Co. 'Denton View Hill Vineyard' Chardonnay, Yarra Valley.
Denton View Hill Vineyard, Tarrawarra (Yarra Valley), Victoria. Hand picked, pressed to barrel and then wild yeast fermented and matured in 10% new/90% used French oak barriques and hogsheads. No additions other than sulphur dioxide. Extensive use of the lees has allowed this to impart a curdy, billowy softness, rather than the oft-spoken 'butter'. This confers a balanced tension to the many nuances of stone jittering along the wine's stony, slatey carapace. With good vine age, growing on a rare outcrop of grantitic soil, Denton View Hill is uniquely positioned on the valley floor to produce fruit of outstanding complexity, concentration and balance.
Score: 95 Points Wine Companion