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Older Vintages

Looking back into the cellar here are a few of the wines we have tasted recently and how they are travelling.

 

Chardonnay:

 

2004 : Our first release, looking remarkably young still, but has some developed beautifully, it’s rich and long, with a lovely spine of acid. Drinking now and will keep longer.

 

2005: Hitting its peak right now at 11 years old, it’s richer and more concentrated than the 04, but has plenty to offer, lovely texture and length. Drinking well now.

 

2006: The 06 has always keep a slow developer, taut and fine in it’s youth, it is still showing that there is more to offer. It’s a great vintage and this wine is a beauty. Drink now-2020

 

2007: Not made, frost wiped out the entire crop.

 

2008: From a warmer than average year, it has layers of flavor and texture, fruit spectrum is now more stone fruit and melon, with a hint of toastiness. Drink now

 

2009: From donated fruit after the black Saturday fires, it’s mainly from Macedon ranges and it shows it’s cool origins, grapefruit, lime and a taut and racy finish, still yet to fully unfurl. 2017-2022

 

2010: Not made

 

2011: From the cool and wet La Nina affected vintage, it’s a beauty and one of my favourite Chardonnays, citrus spice, a lovely funky note, racy long super fine. It can be enjoyed now, but will go on and on. 2016-2026

 

2012: Not made

 

2013: Still relatively wound up, but is was a slightly warmer than average vintage, so it has richness and texture and depth that means you can enjoy now, but again the mineral drive is there and it still has plenty to show down the track. 2020-2026

 

2014: This is a super wine, incredible taut and tightly wound, the nose is a beauty, complex grapefruit, struck match, the palate super fine and long. Potentially the best we have made. 2022-2030

 

2015: This again is one of our best, still very much in it’s youth, grapefruit, nectarine, flint and struck match. Palate super fine and tight with layers of intensity, 98 points from Mr Halliday, well spotted!

 

2016: We have had so much positive feedback about the 2016 Chardonnay, Nick Hildebrandt, one of Australia’s best sommeliers and restauranteurs claims it’s the best we have made and one of the best Chardonnay he has ever tasted from Australia, enough said!

 

2017: 98 points from James Halliday last year, a classic vintage for Serrat. It’s still too young, keep it for a couple more please.

 

 

2005: The first vintage and still a sentimental favourite in the lineup. It is indeed a lovely Pinot Noir drinking at it’s peak. It is super complex and fine, with wild strawberry, forest floor and real depth. The palate is pure silk. One to sit and ponder with. Now-2025

 

2006: The cooler 2006 vintage shows in the is wine, loads of red fruits and perfume, the palate fine, silky and rounded. It too is at it’s peak and should be consumed over the next few years. Now-2025

 

2007: Only one barrel made from frost affected secondary fruit. It got loads of tannin and depth and is still relatively youthful. Dark fruits and a certain chewiness at the end. 2018-2024

 

2008: Starting to show a degree of development, it’s red fruits, wild strawberry and forest floor. Palate still quite tight and focused, finishing long and savoury. Now-2027

 

2009: From donated fruit after black Saturday, from the lower and upper Yarra Valley. Young, taut and focused, still has more to offer. 2020-2025

 

2010: Brightly colored and still primary in character, red fruits, cherry a hint of spice, palate is super fine and long, lovely tannins and a black cherry kick to finish. 2018-2028

 

2011: The La Nina affected year, cool edged fruit, spice, red currant and a dried herbal background. The palate is remarkable well balanced and structured. One that continues to surprise. 2019-2026

 

2012: Not Made

 

2013: This wine will still take some time to fully show it’s best, it has always been the quite brooding type that need to be coaxed out of it’s shell. It hasn’t changed much. Red fruits, tight and wound up. Decant for an hour if you are drinking it now, otherwise, out it away for another 2+ years. 2018-2028

 

2014: An attractive wine on release, spice and red fruits, quite perfumed, it hasn’t moved on much from this, so again, let it sit for a couple more years. 2020-2028

 

2015:Still a little closed and brooding at this early juncture, darkish fruit, spice and lovely depth. Palate is tight, a touch savoury but with layers of texture, needs another 2-3 years to begin to evolve.

 

2016: Super fragrant and perfumed the star of the tasting at a recent Yarra Valley showcase for international sommeliers. Juicey deep and powerful, many years left to its peak.

 

2017: Classic Pinot, one of our best vintages, still young and taut but with wonderfully detail and presence, still yet to unfurl.

 

 

 

 

 

2008: The warm 2008 vintage still shows it’s influence here. Black fruits, a hint of tar and spicy, quite deep and brooding. Palate is rich and relatively well textured and rounded. Long, firm and a tad masculine. 2016-2026

 

2009: Not Made

 

2010: This a lovely example of what the vineyard can produce. It’s beautifully perfumed and fragrant, spice, red fruits, black fruits, pepper ad a deeply scented floral background of violets. Palate is seductively silky and super fine, this is a lovely wine right now, but will continue to give more and more. 2016-2030.

 

2011: The cool and wet 2011 has given this wine some unique characteristics, incredibly spiced with pepper, clove, five spice with a dried herb background. Palate is medium weight and fine, silky and long. Ageing particularly well. Drink now 2021.

 

2012: Not made

 

2013: The first in a trio of terrific vintages, we loved the 13 when released and just looks better and better each time we go back for a sneak peak. Spice, pepper, floral notes and black fruited. Firmish tannins, long, savoury and delicious. Drink 2020-2030

 

2014: The star of the release, the 99 pointer. At 5 years old now this has started it's slow transition and is showing some complexity from bottle age, it is still young and primary, but the ‘puppy fat’ has gone. Briary, red fruited, violets, spice and pepper with a hint of roasted meats, complex and intriguing. Palate is finely tuned with ultra finely packed savoury tannins, silky, powerful and long, years ahead of it, but a treat to try it at this stage.

 

2015:Super fragrant and lifted red and black fruits, loads of spice a lick of new oak, layers of texture and intensity, will take years to unfurl fully. Keep your hands off for a little while longer. 2020-2030

 

2016: Powerful and brooding, it just so generous and richly concentrated, still young, keep your hands off for a while.

 

2017: Fragrant, detailed a classic vintage and so fine and detailed. Can be enjoyed now, but will give plenty more when aged for another few years.

 

 

 

2005: The first release has developed nicely, raspberry, earthy and a touch of leather, it’s silky powerful and the long and savoury finish just pushes on and on.

Drink now-2025

 

2008:  The warmish year has influenced this year, in a positive way, it loaded with a cherry pie and a hint of rhubarb, spice and dried herbs. The palate rounded, powerful and long. Drink now- 2026

 

2013: Layered with red and black fruits, spice, earth and leather, it has a lovely floral note and is deep and interesting. Spicy, firm tannins and plenty of structure, lots of time left in this baby. Drink 2020-2030

 

2014: Nobody put it better than James halliday….. 

At 5 years of age the wine has changed little in this period, super bright red fruits and floral notes and a hint of earthy complexity. Super silky and detailed with mouth coating velvety texture. Delicious

 

2015:A really interesting Grenache, so deep and spicy and intense, layers of flavor and chalky tannins, evolves in the glass beautifully, still years ahead of it. 2020-2028

 

2016: Powerful and fragrant, juicy and deliciously long and drinkable. A few years in the cellar will improve it no end.

 

2017: Detailed fragrant and pristine fruit. Delicious and fine.