Specifications

Vintage: 2021

Region: Eden Valley

Winemaker: Joanne Irvine

Alcohol/Vol: 13%

Residual Sugar: 1g/L

Case Size: 6 packs

2021 CHARLI JAYE CHARDONNAY

$40.00

PRE-RELEASE

Note | stock arriving first week of June and orders will be shipped approx. 11-13 June.

Our Eden Valley cool climate Chardonnay stays true to our philosophy of seeking elegance and is subsequently well awarded. Our Chardonnay is named after our youngest granddaughter Charli – she is ambitious and sophisticated, much like this wine.

Best described as contemporary and sophisticated in style, our 2021 Charli Jaye Chardonnay offers a soft textural mouthfeel and a spectrum of ripe fruit flavours influenced by delicate fine French Oak. The colour is a bright, clear, white-gold, and aromas of elegant stone fruits and fresh pears lead the way. A soft textural mouthfeel, filled with ripe-picked pear and pink lady apple flavours, while the classically lengthy finish is laced with natural acid and such gentle ginger spice.

 

Best described as contemporary and sophisticated in style, our 2021 Charli Jaye Chardonnay offers a soft textural mouthfeel and a spectrum of ripe fruit flavours influenced by delicate fine French Oak. The colour is a bright, clear, white-gold, and aromas of elegant stone fruits and fresh pears lead the way. A soft textural mouthfeel, filled with ripe-picked pear and pink lady apple flavours, while the classically lengthy finish is laced with natural acid and such gentle ginger spice.

Silver | 2024 London Wine Competition

“Notes of apricot, stone fruit, white peach, dairy, vibrant tropical fruits. Flavours of apricot, stone fruit, and white peach continue to shine, accompanied by a mineral, mouth-watering acidity that adds depth & complexity.”

 

Historical record of achievement:

2021 – Silver | 2024 London Wine Competition | “Notes of apricot, stone fruit, white peach, dairy, vibrant tropical fruits. Flavours of apricot, stone fruit, and white peach continue to shine, accompanied by a mineral, mouth-watering acidity that adds depth & complexity.”

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2020 – Double Gold | 2023 Melbourne International Wine Competition

2020 – Silver | 2023 London Wine Competition | “Good Complexity and structure. On the nose jasmine and quince peels. On the palate notes of Lemon , herbs , cream and vanilla. Long rich yet dry finish.”

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2019 – Overall Winner | New to Market Treat Yourself Whites | 2023 Peoples Choice Wine Awards UK

2019 – Gold | 2022 London Wine Competition | Balanced, rich character with aromas of vanilla, butter, peaches, oak and cream. Smooth, creamy palate with notes of brioche, buttered toast, nuts, white flowers and vanilla with a subtle finish.”

2019 – Silver | 2022 International Wine Competition | “Ripe tropical fruit character with creamy texture and a generous dollop of oak.”

2019 – 94 Points | Winepilot – Ken Gargett | “Colour is gold and straw. A lovely aromatic nose with good oak integration. Stone fruit, nutmeg and ginger here. Some tropical touches. Those who don’t mind a touch of oak, and there are plenty of fans of that style out there, will love this riper style. Richly flavoured and stone fruit notes really emerge on the palate with orange rind and quince. Quite delicious. Drink over the next two to three years. Really enjoyed this. Would make a terrific match for a richer seafood dish.” March 2022

2019 – 92 Points | Winepilot – Angus Hughson | “Bright pale straw in colour, this is a well composed cooler climate Chardonnay that is quite floral in character with layers of ripe nectarine and melon aromas wound up in a cloak of cashew barrel ferment and oak maturation – all well integrated. It’s a tangy little number too with upfront impact thanks to that juicy acidity; layers of tinned peach fruit and spicy oak coming together to deliver what is a top- notch version of Eden Valley Chardonnay.” March 2022

2019 – 91 Points | James Suckling | “This ripe and bold Chardonnay has stacks of pear, mandarin-orange and vanilla aromas. Full-bodied with plenty of fruit and toasty character, the crisp lemony acidity lifting the ample finish.” November 2022

2019 – Bronze Medal | 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards | Toasty, oaky nose with tropical fruits and honeydew. Quite a voluptuous style which has a mineral undertone.”

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2018 – Gold | 2020 Melbourne International Wine Competition (95 points)

2018 – 94 Points | Wine Orbit | “It’s stylish and complex on the nose showing apricot, fig, vanillin oak, popcorn and subtle spice aromas, followed by a beautifully weighted palate displaying expansive mouthfeel backed by bright acidity. Generous yet refined and poised with a persistent silky finish.” ~Sam Kim~

2018 – 93 Points | Australia’s National Liquor News, March 2021 Tasting | “Deliciously moreish. Complex butterscotch and vanilla, silky over generous citrus flavours. Finishes clean and refreshing, ready for a second sip.” ~Michael Mcintosh~

2018 – 90 Points | The Real Review | Rich, creamy chardonnay with peach, apple, toast, cashew nut and spicy oak flavours. Weighty wine with a pleasing texture. Accessible now but should continue to offer pleasing drinking for another 4-5 years. Drink by 2028.” ~Bob Campbell~

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2017 – Silver | 2020 London Wine Competition

2017 – Silver | 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition

2017 – 91 Points | National Liquor News, March 2020 edition | “Cheesecake on the nose. Very unique flavours. Palate is very bright and acidic.”  (The NLN tasting team deduced that “Cool climate is where Chardonnay seems to be finding its home.” …we couldn’t agree more!)

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2016 – Silver |  2018 San Francisco International Wine Show

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2015 (first release) – Top 20 Premium Chardonnays | Drinks Magazine Australia, April/May 2016 edition

2021 Vintage Summary:

Winter rainfall in Eden was only 5% below average, with August being the wettest month for the winter period, filling our dams which we were oh so grateful for, because from November, dry conditions ensued. Growing season rainfall (Oct-Mar) was 20% below average with only February recording above average rainfall.

Temperatures were relatively mild for much of the growing season, providing ideal conditions for growth and berry development. Flowering was uninterrupted this year, allowing good fruit set.

Night-time temps during spring and summer were cooler than normal. These cooler nights are critical to, and the hallmark for, the quality of grapes and wines from our Eden Valley vineyard, allowing our vines time to rest, and allowing aromatic flavours, finesse and natural acidity to be maintained.

The mild daytime conditions provided optimal ripening, allowing great fruit flavours to develop.

Whilst yields across the region varied depending on water supply, they were mostly higher than vintage 2020, which is the case with your 2021 crop.

Quality is exceptional from our 2021 Eden Valley vintage. Whites are fine with amazing natural acid and intense flavours. Reds are flavourful and deeply coloured. A vintage for now, and for the long term.

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