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Date Printed: 4/26/2015
Sticks Chardonnay 2002
Sticks Chardonnay 2002
(search item no. 61038)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/26/2015: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Healthy spring rains replenished water supplies and promoted good early growth. The remainder of the growing season was hot and dry, allowing excellent flavor development.

Although the vintage period was difficult with the periodic rains, Sticks' vintages were harvested on the basis of flavor ripeness and acid balance and, as a result, were generally unaffected by the weather. This has allowed them to make wonderfully approachable wines with plenty of flavor.

Fermentation was completed in French and American oak, then aged on light yeast lees to develop creaminess and integrated flavors. A portion of malolactic fermentation has added complexity to this flavorsome Yarra Valley chardonnay.

The color is vibrant medium straw with green tinges. Golden hues will develop with extended cellaring. The bouquet possesses distinctive, cool climate aromas of citrus, grapefruit and nectarine, balanced by nuances of toasted hazelnuts and vanillan oak. The palate has subtle stonefruit and citrus flavors, with a balanced, rich creamy texture and lively acidity. Cellar with confidence for at least five years to enhance complexity and depth of flavor.

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About Sticks:

Winemaker Rob "Sticks" Dolan crafts these wines from fruit grown on premium vineyards in Victoria's Yarra Valley. Rob Dolan's career began in South Australia, where he learned the art of making wine from the ground up. He developed and refined his skills under the instruction of two of Australia's most distinguished teachers. It was during this time that the budding winemaker and towering sportsman, known as "Sticks", was also a dual premiership player for the Port Adelaide Football Club.

In 1991, Rob Dolan became the winemaker at Yarra Ridge. The small family winery provided Rob with the opportunity to experiment, which enabled him to hone his winemaking skills. His efforts were immediately recognized on the international show circuit. Rob proceeded to plant his first "Sticks" grapes in the mid 1980's. The goal at Sticks is to provide today's drinker with immensely satisfying wines at affordable prices.