From 40-year-old vines in the Geelong GI, this is a huge step up in quality from the winery’s Jindalee label. Nutty aromas of toasted cereal grain and grilled peaches set the table for this full-bodied, lushly textured Chardonnay. It’s rich and ripe, yet reasonably balanced by acid, finishing long and ever so slightly warm. Drink now.
A potentially polarizing wine, the 2005 Idyll Vineyard Shiraz boasts a complex bouquet that ranges from meaty and gamy to stewed fruit and coffee and green olive. It’s likeable in a stinky-cheese way. In the mouth, the tannins are soft and Pinot-like, but the wine does show a trace of heat, adding a chocolaty note on the finish.