The Wild Fire vineyard is located on the Western flank of Mount Victoria in the Warburton Ranges, 400 metres from the upper Yarra River, which lies on the boundary of the property. The site slopes gently west to east and is on the friable and deep red mountain loam over clay for which the Upper Yarra has now become well known. Our Chardonnay vines are 100% Mendoza clone, which is extensively planted in Western Australia, chosen for its fine perfume and strong acid line. Irrigation is rarely necessary because of the liberal rainfall we usually experience in November and December, but our water when used is sourced from a high dam filled by natural spring water of the highest quality.
The 2019 vintage at Wild Fire was variable: wet in November and December, but almost completely dry and hot through January, February and March.
This wine, made in very small quantities, displays an intense aroma of lime, melon, oatmeal and sweet clover characters, and deep, long and complex flavour that is reminiscent of the austerity of great Chablis. It is a Chardonnay that is delicious now but will age magnificently.