FIVE STARS 18.5/20 | Candice Chow for Raymond Chan reviews.
FIVE STARS 93/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Rod McDonald's prowess with the Chardonnay grape needs no introduction and his latest effort from his much admired One Off small batch series is a slightly more elegant and refined rendition of his trademark Chardonnay style. Vinted from handpicked fruit, this wine was barrel fermented in 2,500 litre French oak foudres - a larger barrel size that brings weight and texture to the party but enhances the wine with a more reserved oak character. Some spicy oak characters show on the palate but The Foudre is all about pure expression of near perfect Chardonnay fruit; and no one will argue that this is very smart wine that has clearly been made for the long haul. It deserves to be cellared - or decanted if you decide to try it in its youth - and will blossom over time to shows its full potential.
In true One Off style this is another Limited Edition release and when it's gone, it's gone. There'll never be another. If you're a premium Chardonnay lover, it's time to get involved.
Candice Chow for Raymond Chan reviews " Bright, light straw-yellow with some depth, even colour throughout. The nose is fresh and elegant with aromas of citrus, stonefruit, yellow plums, melded with soft notes of sweet oak elements, raw almond, vanilla, nougat and a touch of spice. Medium-bodied, flavours of citrus and stonefruit has a good core and concentration, interwoven with the foudre sweet oak elements, displaying almond, nougat, soft butter and prickly spices, white floral nuances linger to linearity. The acidity has good tension, flows with good energy, carries spices and give balance to the creamy palate. The mouthfeel is attractive, generous with elegance; creamy soft butter texture melded with powdery phenolic coated the palate with a light cushion. Some pithy grapefruit and white floral linger on the finish, entwined with the lively acidity, sustained a graceful finish."
Sam Kim writes "This is refined and elegantly poised, showing white flesh peach, citrus peel, nougat and hazelnut characters with a hint of oatmeal complexity. The palate displays excellent weight and concentration, combined with finely textured mouthfeel and bright acidity, leading to an impressively linear, engaging finish."
The winery writes "The usual oak characters still come through but in a more subtle and spicy way, with an interesting jacaranda blossom aromatic mingling among citrus and nougat. A riff on the usual, a little less ordinary, we love it."