Steels Gate Chardonnay 2012

James Halliday – Published on 16 Jan 2014

Wine Companion tasting note.
Dry-grown estate vines; the wine was barrel-fermented in fine-grained French oak; 35% mlf. Has good intensity, focus and length to its mix of grapefruit and stone fruit flavours; good grilled nut contribution from the oak.

Rating: 92
Drink By:2019
Price:$28.00
Date Tasted:17 Oct 2013
Alcohol:12%

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Gary Walsh – The Wine Front

Goes through 35% malolactic fermentation to take a few edges off.

Wheatgerm, white peach, lime and spice – all the usual stuff, but here’s a pretty fine boned spiced style featuring grapefruity acid drive offset with a little cashew cream. Perky and light, but not without presence and complexity. Zesty finish of good length – all lime rind and spice.

Beautifully made. Just a tiny bit short of 94 points, but never mind all that; there’s fine drinking to be had here

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Aug13
Alcohol : 12%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2013 – 2018

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Andrew Graham (http://www.ozwinereview.com)

Steels Gate Chardonnay 2012 (Yarra Valley, Vic)
12%, Screwcap, $28

Sourced from the dry-grown estate vineyard, this was barrel fermented with 35% going through malo. Lots of promise in this young label.

Buttercup yellow, a light and delicate wine with some milk bottle funk over sparkling, jaunty acidity. Has shiny freshness but loads of acidity too – bracing acid. Lovely clean lines though, just needing a bit more oomph to kick over the acid.

Good, heading to very good, refreshing style.

Source: Sample
Tasted: April 2014
Drink: 2014-2017+
Score: 17.7/2, 92/100
Would I buy it? I’d drink two glasses, maybe not enough oomph for a third. In another year though?


Steels Gate Pinot Noir 2012

James Halliday – Published on 16 Jan 2014

Wine Companion tasting note.
Light, clear red-purple; the loss of 75% of the crop to birds must have been heartbreaking; the wine steps daintily along foresty / briary stones set in the pool of dark cherry fruit that carries the palate through to a bright, clear finish.

Rating: 92
Drink By:2020
Price:$28.00
Date Tasted:17 Oct 2013
Alcohol:13.5%

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Gary Walsh – The Wine Front

It’s for the birds apparently, with 75% of the crop lost to the plucking little pinotphiles. New label design too. I’ll update with a bottle image if I can find one.

Perfumed, ripe raspberry and a little rhubarb, pencil shavings, sweet damp earth. Medium bodied, good weight, fleshy fruit but well shaped and controlled. Powdery tannin. Juicy raspberry flavours carried long. A year or two more and it will be singing

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Aug13
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2014 – 2020

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Andrew Graham (http://www.ozwinereview.com)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Grapegrowing is a bitch (and a bargain Yarra Pinot)
Steels Gate Pinot Noir 2012 (Yarra Valley, Vic)
13.5%, Screwcap, $28

With just a few more subjects to go until my Masters (in Wine Technology and Viticulture) is finished, I’ve been considering getting into grapegrowing.

Actually, I’ve been thinking about not grapegrowing because, as wines like this show, it is very f’king hard.

Sure that sounds like a defeatist attitude, but how would you feel if 75% of your precious Pinot Noir crop was lost to birds? How do you get up in the morning after the realisation that you have but a hatful of a very good wine, while the birds enjoy the rest, flying away with bunches of dollars in their beaks?

Such is the context for this Pinot Noir, a new release from the fledgling Steels Gate operation of Steels Creek in the Yarra Valley. Produced from a mature vineyard with most of the fruit sold off to other wineries, this Pinot demonstrates just how much heartbreak this grapegrowing can entail.

As mentioned, whilst the majority of the grapes did go off with the birds, what was left was clearly very high quality, resulting in what is a perfectly proportioned, medium weight Pinot Noir, with lovely clear ripe fruit on nose and palate, lifted up by just enough creamy oak richness.

Fresh, vibrant, acid reinforced, yet still gentle, it is a fragrant and pretty wine that is missing only a little more power and complexity to really compete at the top tier. For $28/bottle, however, I wouldn’t complain too much.

As for grapegrowing? I think I’ll stick to writing about the stuff…

Source: Sample
www.steelsgate.com.au
Tasted: Feb 2014
Drink: 2014-2018+
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? Yes.


Steels Gate Chardonnay 2011

James Halliday – Published on 11 Jul 2013

Wine Companion tasting note.
Vibrant and incisive grapefruit to the fore giving it energy and drive, in turn enhanced by early picking and high natural acidity; barrel fermentation in 20% new French oak has worked well, introducing as much texture as nutty flavour nuances.

Rating: 92
Drink By: 2017
Price: $24.95
Date Tasted: 07 Aug 2012
Alcohol: 12.4%

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Gary Walsh – The Wine Front

Tasted a bracket of Victorian Chardonnay from 2011 the other night. Some good wines in there, unusual, but good.

A subtle wine – a little grass, citrus, touch of funk and struck match and a minor amount of almost dusty smelling spiced oak. It’s light and fresh with a finely drawn line of acid, some richer rockmelon and cumquat flavour and a long tangy grapefruit accented finish. Fresh and delicate. Lovely wine.

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : Aug13
Alcohol : 12.4%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2012 – 2016+

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Steels Gate Pinot Noir 2010

James Halliday – Published on 17 Jul 2012

Wine Companion tasting note.
Light, clear crimson; the bouquet has spicy black cherry aromas, and just a hint of the 50% new French oak barriques in which the wine was matured; the fruit of the palate is a little too light to carry the oak, needing more complexity and texture.

Rating: 90
Drink By: 2016
Price: $24.95
Date Tasted: 13 Mar 2012
Alcohol: 12.9%

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By Gary Walsh – Tuesday, Jan 10 2012 · Posted in pinot noir, Yarra Valley

Strawberry, subtle earthiness and graphite-like oak are among the flavours, but its texture and shape are what make it so appealing. Fine grained tannin, balanced fresh acidity and a pleasing dryness with none of the confection or sweetness that so many carry. Has something of the taste of rhubarb crumble on the finish, though not a sweet one and there’s a light herbal bitterness too. No excess and the sheen of sensitive winemaking – no artifice or pumping – unforced and lively. Dare I say it – echoes of red Burgundy here? An excellent debut.

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Jan12
Alcohol : 12.9%
Price : $30?
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2012 – 2017

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Steels Gate Pinot Noir Rose 2011

James Halliday – Published on 17 Jul 2012

Wine Companion tasting note.
Pale orange-salmon; fermented in old barriques; spiced strawberry on the bouquet leads into a fresh palate, the red berry fruits expanding their base and driving the wine through to a long finish; if there is any sweetness present, it is balanced by acidity.

Rating: 91
Drink By: 2013
Price: $19.95
Date Tasted: 13 Mar 2012
Alcohol: 11.6%

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By Gary Walsh – Monday, Feb 20 2012 · Posted in Rose, Yarra Valley

For whatever reason, I’ve taken to enjoying a glass of Rose with pork spare ribs. The washed out sort of orange colour (or eye of the partridge, as they say) sets the scene. Roses, strawberries and cherries – light with soft acidity and gentle creaminess. It’s a textural style with good flavour, interest and refinement. Smooth. Beautifully made with everything just so. Love it.

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Feb12
Alcohol : 11.6%
Price : $20
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2012 – 2014

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Steels Gate Chardonnay 2010

James Halliday – Published on 21 Dec 2011

Wine Companion tasting note.
From a single, dry-grown, estate vineyard; barrel-fermented and matured in French oak, 20% new; the palate has exhilarating drive and intensity to its grapefruit and white peach flavours, underpinned by lingering, cleansing acidity.

Rating: 94
Drink By: 2018
Price: $24.95
Date Tasted: 06 Dec 2011
Alcohol: 13.6%

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By Gary Walsh – Wednesday, Nov 30 2011 · Posted in chardonnay, Yarra Valley

Almond, white peach, subtle oak, fine acid, lemon/grapefruit – touch of savoury work – almond nougat – a bit disjointed in delivery of flavour at present. A lighter style, with decent shape and length. Needs a bit of time to settle.

Rated : 90+ Points
Alcohol : 13.6%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2012 – 2016+

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James Halliday Reviews Steels Gate

James’ Review

Brad Atkins and Matthew Davis acquired a 2-ha vineyard of 25-30-year-old dry-grown chardonnay and pinot noir in 2009. There is another 14+ ha of natural bushland that backs on to the national park. For reasons unexplained, the owners have a particular love of gates, and as the property is at the end of Steels Creek, the choice of Steels Gate was obvious. The next step was to engage French designer Cecile Darcy to create what is known today as the Steels Gate logo. The 2010 Chardonnay makes up in quality what it lacks in quantity.

Author: James Halliday

Andrew Graham at Ozwinereview reviews Steels Gate 2012 Chardonnay

Andrew Graham (http://www.ozwinereview.com) …

Andrew’s last comment is spot on, hence Steels Gate are focusing on selling the 2011 Chardonnay. 2012 has another year in bottle before it is ideally ready for consumption.

This is what Andrew had to say;

Steels Gate Chardonnay 2012 (Yarra Valley, Vic)
12%, Screwcap, $28

Sourced from the dry-grown estate vineyard, this was barrel fermented with 35% going through malo. Lots of promise in this young label.

Buttercup yellow, a light and delicate wine with some milk bottle funk over sparkling, jaunty acidity. Has shiny freshness but loads of acidity too – bracing acid. Lovely clean lines though, just needing a bit more oomph to kick over the acid.

Good, heading to very good, refreshing style.

Source: Sample
Tasted: April 2014
Drink: 2014-2017+
Score: 17.7/2, 92/100
Would I buy it? I’d drink two glasses, maybe not enough oomph for a third. In another year though?


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Andrew Graham at ozwinereview reviews Steels Gate 2012 Pinot Noir

Andrew Graham (http://www.ozwinereview.com) …

This is what he had to say;

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Grapegrowing is a bitch (and a bargain Yarra Pinot)
Steels Gate Pinot Noir 2012 (Yarra Valley, Vic)
13.5%, Screwcap, $28

With just a few more subjects to go until my Masters (in Wine Technology and Viticulture) is finished, I’ve been considering getting into grapegrowing.

Actually, I’ve been thinking about not grapegrowing because, as wines like this show, it is very f’king hard.

Sure that sounds like a defeatist attitude, but how would you feel if 75% of your precious Pinot Noir crop was lost to birds? How do you get up in the morning after the realisation that you have but a hatful of a very good wine, while the birds enjoy the rest, flying away with bunches of dollars in their beaks?

Such is the context for this Pinot Noir, a new release from the fledgling Steels Gate operation of Steels Creek in the Yarra Valley. Produced from a mature vineyard with most of the fruit sold off to other wineries, this Pinot demonstrates just how much heartbreak this grapegrowing can entail.

As mentioned, whilst the majority of the grapes did go off with the birds, what was left was clearly very high quality, resulting in what is a perfectly proportioned, medium weight Pinot Noir, with lovely clear ripe fruit on nose and palate, lifted up by just enough creamy oak richness.

Fresh, vibrant, acid reinforced, yet still gentle, it is a fragrant and pretty wine that is missing only a little more power and complexity to really compete at the top tier. For $28/bottle, however, I wouldn’t complain too much.

As for grapegrowing? I think I’ll stick to writing about the stuff…

Source: Sample
www.steelsgate.com.au
Tasted: Feb 2014
Drink: 2014-2018+
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? Yes.


Steels Gate Wine Available

Available from:

Cohen Cellars (East Melbourne, Victoria)
The Tasting Table (Armadale, Victoria)
Seddon Wine Store (Seddon, Victoria)
Boutique Wineries (Online)

Steels Gate was established in 2009. Based in Steels Creek Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, the vineyard hosts non irrigated 25-30 year old vines. The vines are cared for by hand and the grapes carefully hand picked at the perfect harvest time.


James Halliday Rates Steels Gate 4.5 Star

http://www.winecompanion.com.au/wineries/victoria/yarra-valley/steels-gate


Cracka Wines Rates Steels Gate 2011 Chardonnay

http://www.crackawines.com.au/Steels_Gate/2011_Steels_Gate_Yarra_Valley_Chardonnay/Wine

Type: White
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2011
Winery: Steels Gate
Region: Yarra Valley
Vintage Rating: Excellent (9/10)


2012 Steels Gate Chardonnay released with new fresh label design

steels gate chardonnay 2012

The Wine Front – Gary Walsh
RATING 93 Points

Vineyard: Steels Gate Vineyard, Chardonnay block. Situated at 230m above sea level, planted in the early 1980’s on a steep, north-east facing slope on friable grey loam soils. Completely unirrigated.

Winemaking: 100% handpicked on 09 March 2012. De-stemmed and pressed, with overnight juice settling. Fermented and matured in a mixture of seasoned French oak barriques of varying ages. 25% of the blend was allowed to undergo full malolactic fermentation to give creaminess and textural richness. Matured on full ferment lees with monthly lees stirring for 9 months. Bottled 05 March 2013.

Tasting notes: An ideal growing season in the Yarra Valley. The 2012 Chardonnay displays the same breed as the previous two vintages – lots of citrus, fig, and nectarine on the nose, and complex mealy, nutty, creamy notes from barrel fermentation, lees stirring, and malolactic fermentation. The palate is still very restrained, long, fine, and piercing, but with an added layer of texture, generosity, and complexity compared with previous years.


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