Journey Wines are a reflection not only of the unique vineyard sites on which the grapes were grown, but also of the journey of winemaker Damian North. The Journey Wines Yarra Valley Chardonnay has a pale-straw colour with light green tints at the edges. This is an elegant yet intense nose which has an abundance of floral notes which are the main characteristic, with ripe stone fruits, such as white peach bringing a freshness to the wine. The wine is well rounded and the flinty aromas are a welcome presence in the glass. The aroma follows through seamlessly from the aroma as on the front-palate The JourneyWines Chardonnay exhibits restrained white peach flavours which is followed up by a perfect acidity balancing citrus note which stops the sweetness from over developing. The mouth feel is finished with the oaky palate and spicy notes from its time in barrel. This is an excellent wine and the flavour intensity it provides leads to a delightfully long and refreshing finish. To guarantee that the journey embarked on is one of quality, the chardonnay grapes for this wine are picked from 3 different vineyards all in the Yarra Valley but all on 3 different soils. Ranging from soils of silty loam, iron stone gravel and clay, A blend of grapes from Briarty Hill – Gruyere, Willowlake – Gladysdale and Lone Star Creek – Woori Yallock all contribute to the juice in the bottle once they have been hand picked from the vineyard. To start the wine making process whole-bunches of Chardonnay were pressed while cool. The juice settled for around 15 hours before being put into old french oak barrels for the fermentation, which was done in a temperature controlled state to maintain the freshness of the fruit. Once fermentation was complete the wine was sulphured with no malolactic fermentation. The wine remained on yeast lees in barrel for 10 months, stirred only occasionally during the early stages of maturation to enhance mid-palate complexity.
Journey Wines are a reflection not only of the unique vineyard sites on which the grapes were grown, but also of the journey of winemaker Damian North.