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International Trophy Chardonnay: Santolin, Yarra Valley, Australia 2013

Mineral toned nose with a hint of roast nuts. The palate is intense with judicious, subtle oak, savoury undertones and a seriously great line of acid runs the length of the structured palate ensuring that the delicious mango and lemon flavours retain a refreshing crunch.

Santolin, Individual Vineyard Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia 2013

‘Not a bad result for our first Chardonnay release,’ says winemaker Adrian Santolin; a view which is hard to take issue with.

Adrian and wife Rebecca have been plying their trade in the wine business for some time; indeed Adrian was just a child when he began helping out on the family vineyard and orchard in New South Wales established by his Italian immigrant Grandfather. But it was in 2012 that they decided to pool together all of their savings; purchase two tonnes of Pinot Noir grapes from the Yarra Valley and set out on their own.

‘At that stage, with a two year old daughter and another baby on the way, we had a big decision to make,’ says Rebecca. ‘Do we use all of our savings and put a deposit on a house, or do we use it to start living our dream and begin making our own wine?  Well, we obviously took the more crazy option to make wine.’

It was a judgement call that has unequivocally paid off and Adrian is swiftly establishing himself as one of the rising stars of the Australian wine scene. ‘Our ethos is to keep it simple,’ he explains. ‘A great wine starts with great fruit. We source premium, high quality grapes and do very little to them in the winery. Minimal intervention equals a complex wine of great finesse, as well as ensuring the varietal, regional and vineyard characters of a wine stand out.’

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