2012 Yarra Valley Chardonnay

Super-premium, handcrafted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir…

from two of Australia's most exciting young winemakers.

The Burton McMahon range is focused on strictly limited releases of small batch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Victoria. From the vineyard to the winery, the Burton McMahon philosophy is about attention to detail, and creating wines true to their terroir.

The Story

Burton McMahon is an innovative collaboration between Matt Burton and Dylan McMahon; two winemakers that forged a friendship while driving through the wine regions of France. Together, they source fruit from small, exclusive vineyards around Australia to make interesting and unique wines that reflect varietal character and terroir.

Wine Notes

2016 Yarra Valley 'Georges' Chardonnay
2016 Yarra Valley 'Georges' Chardonnay

The Georges Vineyard is situated in Seville East, approximately 180 metres in altitude, featuring grey soils on a north facing slop. Clone is I10V1. This cooler sub region of the Yarra Valley is perfect for making focused and pure Chardonnay styles.

Alc: 13.2%

pH: 3.21

TA: 6.0g/l

Bottle
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$34.00
Half Case (6)
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$204.00
2016 Yarra Valley D’Aloisio Chardonnay
2016 Yarra Valley D’Aloisio Chardonnay

The D’Aloisio Vineyard is located in the Seville township; it has a north facing slop on red volcanic soils with an altitude of 230 metres above sea level. Clone is also I10V1.

Alc: 13.2%

pH: 3.32

TA: 6.0g/l

Vinification for both Chardonnay’s

The fruit is hand-picked to insure only clean, healthy bunches are selected. We then whole bunch press, and settle the juice overnight in tank. This is followed by a light racking directly to barrel (approx. 95% solids), where natural fermentation takes place. MLF is not encouraged and wines are sulphured directly after primary. The wines are then matured for 10 months in 30% new (225 – 500L) French oak barrels.

Bottle
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$34.00
Half Case (6)
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$204.00
2016 Yarra Valley ‘Syme’ Pinot Noir

2016 Yarra Valley ‘Syme’ Pinot Noir

This wine is produced from the Syme on Yarra vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley. Situated on the red volcanic soils of Seville, this East facing block produces perfumed yet structured Pinot Noir (MV6 clone).

Deep red with a pale pink-red hue. The wine is perfumed, showing spiced dark cherries, subtle toasty oak, with a complex and savoury whole bunch earthy/lees character. The palate is long, showing dark berry fruits, nutmeg spice and hints of earthiness from the whole bunch. Defined tannins help to provide definition and length. This is complex Pinot Noir that will age over the medium to long term.

Alc: 13.8%

pH: 3.47

TA: 5.9g/L

Bottle
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$38.00
Half Case (6)
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$228.00
2016 Gippsland Pinot Noir

2016 Gippsland Pinot Noir

The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Lightfoot & Sons vineyard in East Gippsland. The vineyard sits on a ridgeline that overlooks Gippsland Lakes, and is situated between the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and Bass Strait. The soils are Terra Rosa over Limestone with an altitude of 60 metres above sea level.

Pale rose-red in colour. Beautifully perfumed, showing floral, savoury and sweet aromas of sour cherries, cinnamon/nutmeg spice and earthiness. The palate is delicate and light with great complexity and flavour. Whole bunch adds lift and savouriness, with red berry fruits, and sweet nutmeg spice layered with subtle new oak. This is a more luscious style of Pinot Noir that will benefit from a couple of years’ bottle age.

Alc: 13.2%

pH: 3.69

TA: 5.5g/L

Vinification for both Pinot Noirs

Fruit is handpicked and de-stemmed into 3t open fermentation tanks, where 30% whole bunches are added. Must is cold soaked for four days prior to wild yeast fermentation with no temperature control used. Open ferments are hand plunged daily. Wine is gently pressed off skins and run straight to French oak for maturation on lees. Approximately 30% new oak is used, being larger 300 & 500 litre barrels. Following maturation (10 months), the wine is carefully racked and bottled with no filtration or fining.

Bottle
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$38.00
Half Case (6)
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$228.00

Winemaker's Profile

Dylan McMahon

Dylan McMahon

Dylan McMahon was on track to become an electronic engineer until he decided to follow his destiny and make wine. His grandfather Dr Peter McMahon planted the first vines at Seville Estate in Victoria’s Yarra Valley in 1972. Dylan spent his first 5 years working with direction from previous winemakers Alistair Butt and Iain Riggs and has now been Seville Estate’s winemaker since 2004. The opportunity to work and travel is also part of the appeal. Dylan feels fortunate to have travelled in his early career to work 2002 vintage at Hugel & Fils, 2003 at Domaine Paul Blanck and 2008 at Jean Claude Boisset in Burgundy.

“My grandfather retired in 1996. I’ve learnt from him that while concentration is important in wine, elegance and finesse is the key to our wine.”

Dylan graduated from Charles Sturt Uni in Wagga with a bachelor of Wine Science in 2008 and continues his work at Seville Estate. Further over-seas vintages and travel are a focus to expand his knowledge and experience. Peter McMahon has undoubtedly been a notable influence on Dylan’s chosen career, “My grandfather retired in 1996. I’ve learnt from him that while concentration is important in wine, elegance and finesse is the key to our wine.”

Matt Burton

Matt Burton

Matt holds a Bachelor of Wine Science and Graduate Diploma of Business Administration from Charles Sturt University. He has been involved at various levels of winemaking and wine business management for the last sixteen years. Starting out as a Trainee Winemaker in the Hunter Valley, Matt then gained invaluable experience making wine in the United States and France before heading to Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley. In 2003, he finally settled in the Hunter Valley where he was ultimately promoted to the dual role of Winemaker and General Manager at a leading boutique winery.

Under Matt’s management and winemaking, both Wandin Valley Estate and Gundog Estate have been awarded a prestigious five star winery rating from Australia’s leading wine critic – James Halliday.

In 2011, Matt decided to step out and establish the Gundog Estate wine business and cellar door. Under Matt’s management and winemaking, Gundog Estate has consistently been awarded a prestigious five-star winery rating from Australia’s leading wine critic — James Halliday. During his time in the Hunter, Matt’s wines have gained many accolades. In 2010, Matt was recognised as the “Hunter Valley’s Rising Star,” and in 2015, finalist for Winemaker of the Year at the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards.

Reviews

2016 Burton McMahon Gippsland Pinot Noir

“This is excellent. It’s pale, almost murky but not quite, complex in an effortless way and tight and chalky to close. Essence of pinot noir. It tastes of strawberries, sour cherries, various spices and herbs but the sum is larger than the parts. A delicacy.”

Rated: 93+ points
Campbell Mattinson
www.winefront.com.au

2016 Burton McMahon Syme on Yarra Pinot Noir

“Cherry, sweet spice, faint rhubarb, gentle earthiness. Firm in the palate, spreads well, soft with chalky tannins, web of pucker to close. Bright, flavoursome wine of good charisma and carry through.”

Rated: 90 points
Mike Bennie
www.winefront.com.au

2016 Burton McMahon D’Aloisio Chardonnay

“Well-fruited and finely textured. Melon, crisp apple, citrus and nashi pear. Juice, momentum, flinty/minerally/leesy complexity, and brushes of both meal and toasty oak. There’s a good deal going on but it’s presented as a seamless whole; it’s neat and tidy. It’s drinking quite beautifully now though you’d imagine that it will unfurl attractively over the coming few years.”

Rated: 93 points
Campbell Mattinson
www.winefront.com.au

2016 Burton McMahon George’s Vineyard Chardonnay

“Smoke and flint, lemony, green apple, stone fruits. Pretty start. Lemon oil kind of feel, slippery, fine, very long and gently palate staining. Has great finesse and concentration in tow.”

Rated: 93 points
Mike Bennie
www.winefront.com.au

2016 Burton McMahon George’s Vineyard Chardonnay

“Compared to the D’Aloisio this seems more creamy, as if the holes have been filled in a little with more white peach fruit. Soft and ripe, a low acid year but its still tight enough to be great. Then, the ripeness gives this more width – and utimately it’s a better, more layered wine because of it. Lovely delicacy to this style – I really enjoyed it. Close run thing for favourite of the two!”

Rated: 94 points
Andrew Graham
www.ozwinereview.com

2016 Burton McMahon D’Aloisio Chardonnay

“A tighter wine from a higher altitude sight (though I wonder is aspect also plays a part here). Vanilla bean oak pushes forward on this wine, along with understated, just-ripe white peach, the flavours subtle, gently ripe and the acid soft. A lovely face of modern Yarra Chard, the warm vintage giving a gentler edge compared to some vintage. Lovely balance between flavour generosity here. Maybe the oak is a bit forward? Still, so instantly classy and attractive.”

Rated: 93 points
Andrew Graham
www.ozwinereview.com

2016 Burton McMahon D’Aloisio Chardonnay

“Light, bright yellow colour with a restrained, discreet but attractive nose, the taste similar and subtle, not too big or shrill, with a faint semblance of sweetness and a clean, dry finish. It's very fruit and lees-driven. Oak is a minor component. Slight heat on the finish. Very good, and a bit more powerful than the same maker's George's vineyard wine.”

Rated: 93 points
Huon Hooke
www.huonhooke.com

2016 Burton McMahon George’s Chardonnay

“Light, bright yellow colour with a fresh, creamy, fluffy lees-driven and pear-like aroma, very inviting. A trace of lightly browned toast. The palate is delicate, fresh and clean, lively and fine, driven by lees and subtle fruit, not overtly oaky. The palate is fruit-rich but dry, with a clean more-ish finish.”

Rated: 93 points
Huon Hooke
www.huonhooke.com

2016 Burton McMahon Syme on Yarra Pinot Noir

“Light, bright yellow colour with a fresh, creamy, fluffy lees-driven and pear-like aroma, very inviting. A trace of lightly browned toast. The palate is delicate, fresh and clean, lively and fine, driven by lees and subtle fruit, not overtly oaky. The palate is fruit-rich but dry, with a clean more-ish finish.”

Rated: 92 points
Huon Hooke
www.huonhooke.com

2016 Burton McMahon Gippsland Pinot Noir

“A pallid hue, barely light cherry red, this is one for erudite aficionados of cool climate pinot noir. Sappy and long of an introduction, the wine glides across a carpet of sour cherry, wild strawberry, musk, sandalwood and dank, wet leaves. This is mellifluous stuff with the 20% of whole cluster fruit beautifully absorbed, embellishing the whole with an echo of exotic spice and a balletic tension between the briar-clad tannins from the stems, acidity, oak and fruit.”

Rated: 94 points
Ned Goodwin MW
www.winecompanion.com.au

2016 Burton McMahon Syme on Yarra Pinot Noir

“The fruit for this slinky pinot noir was harvested across two picking windows. The earlier to retain acidity and brightness of fruit, a challenge in this warm vintage. The outcome is a brooding, dark fruited Pinot Noir with an elemental streak of whole-cluster herb and twig, running through the mid-palate. The stems confer some crunchy tannins, too, reining in the flavours of cherry, wood smoke and rhubarb.”

Rated: 92 points
Ned Goodwin MW
www.winecompanion.com.au

2015 Burton McMahon Syme Pinot Noir

“It’s a markedly different beast to the Gippsland release. This is firm, tight, structured and stringy. Herb-infused fruit, bridled with tannin. Cranberries and red cherries. If it was a band it would be called: Woody Herb and the Stalky Stalks. There isn’t a lot of fruit depth but it’s full of tension and puffed with woodsmoke. It needs a year or two. There’s interest galore here.”

Rated: 93 points
Campbell Mattinson
www.winefront.com.au

2015 Burton McMahon Gippsland Pinot Noir

“It’s an interesting wine. It pushes the envelop. There’s a bit of funk, some meat, maybe some game, lots of stalk influence, maybe even some truffle. You have to be in the mood. I can see some drinkers swooning, other recoiling. I was firmly in its favour but I almost always enjoy this kind of thing. There are bitter herb/stalk notes to the aftertaste, but I couldn’t see them as anything other than positive.”

Rated: 90 points
Campbell Mattinson
www.winefront.com.au

2015 Burton McMahon Gippsland Pinot Noir

“Curiously, I notice the stem character even more on the nose of this Gippsland Pinot, the aromatics really quite meaty and spicy. Yet the palate delivers fresh raspberry fruit to cancel out the cloves and spice, delivering something quite satisfying, complete with softer tannins and a little x-factor. There’s still a healthy dose of whole bunch spiciness, but this feels like a complex and satisfying, low acid, sappy/juicy Victorian Pinot in a clever modern style.”

Rated : 93 Points
Andrew Graham

www.ozwinereview.com

2015 Burton McMahon George’s Chardonnay

“Upper Yarra Valley. Pleasant touches of reduction on the bouquet, the palate fine, long and well balanced; the flavour spectrum is of white peach coupled with some grapefruit and a touch of nutty oak. 180 dozen made.”

Rated: 95 points
James Halliday
Wine Companion

2015 Burton McMahon D’Aloisio Chardonnay

“A zesty, zippy and mouthwatering chardonnay from the Upper Yarra, nectarine, white peach and grapefruit all in on the act, supported by some savoury barrel ferment oak. Overall, slightly crisper than D'Aloisio's Vineyard. 110 dozen made.”

Rated: 95 points
James Halliday
Wine Companion

2015 Burton McMahon George’s Chardonnay

“Awash with flavour, especially up-front, but it quickly turns refreshing and zippy as it runs down and through the finish. White peach and nectarine, spicy/cedary oak, and a cleansing wash of acidity. Excellent wine. Excellent value.”

Rated: 94 points
Campbell Mattinson
www.winefront.com.au

2014 Burton McMahon Chardonnay

“From the red soils of the Seville/Upper Yarra districts; hand-picked, sorted, whole bunch-pressed, settled, and racked to French puncheons (30% new) for wild fermentation and 10 months maturation. It has exceptional drive and intensity, grapefruit and minerally acidity the drivers, but plenty of action from the passengers, including apple, white peach and a fine gauze of oak.”

Rated : 95 Points
James Halliday
Wine Companion

2014 Burton McMahon Chardonnay

“Light to medium straw colour and a distinctive toasted almond, straw-like aroma, with balsam overtones. An almost rubbery note. The palate is tight and reserved with soft, fine lemony fruit and refreshing acidity. A delicate and very enjoyable drink.”

Rated : 93 Points
Huon Hooke
www.huonhooke.com

2014 Burton McMahon Chardonnay

“Such a pleasurable wine. Flesh, thrust, sweetness, savouriness. Grapefruit and pear, oatmeal and toast. Mineral. It takes power and finesses it. Highly recommended.”

Rated : 94 Points
Campbell Mattinson
www.winefront.com.au

2014 Burton McMahon Pinot Noir

“Hand-picked, open-fermented, 30% whole bunches, 4-day cold soak, wild-fermented, 30% new French hogsheads and puncheons. Bright, clear crimson; a high-toned, expressive bouquet with spice and red fruits, lays out a roadmap for the palate which, while on the light side, provides red fruits (cherry, wild strawberry) spices, and a perfectly judged touch of forest ex the whole bunches.”

Rated : 95 Points
James Halliday
www.winefront.com.au

2014 Burton McMahon Pinot Noir

“Both the 2014 Burton McMahon wines are characterised by their finesse. This is an elegant, complex wine with macerated cherry, dry spice and foresty notes rippling through a finely judged and massaged palate. Tannin is firm, grain and sure. Not a foot wrong. Will mature well.”

Rated : 93+ Points
Campbell Mattinson
www.winefront.com.au

Burton McMahon 2013 Chardonnay

“Sourced from two upper Yarra vineyards, the grapes are hand-picked, bunch-sorted, whole bunch pressed and settled before transfer to French oak (30% new) for wild fermentation. Gleaming green-straw, this is all that is great about Yarra Valley chardonnay, notably the intensity and extreme length of the palate; the flavours are dominated by pink grapefruit that rests on a bed of crisp, minerally acidity, but has otherwise largely absorbed the oak. It will develop more weight in the bottle, and thus become even more complex.”

Rated : 95 Points
James Halliday
Wine Companion Magazine

Burton McMahon 2013 Chardonnay

“Struck match, almond nougat, white peach. Fine and lacy with a glossy feel, yet has firm acidity riding through it too. There’s a lightness of touch at play here – almost delicate kind of watery purity – with citrus and flint on a long tight finish. The very model of a modern Yarra Valley Chardonnay…”

Rated : 95 Points
94 Points
Gary Walsh
www.winefront.com.au

Burton McMahon 2013 Chardonnay

“Very shy, restrained bouquet with mineral aromas, cashew nut, and some sulfury hints. The palate is very light and lean, nervy and restrained, with crisp tangy acidity and appealing delicacy. Some almond. Very refined, delicate and delicious.”

Rated : 91 Points
Huon Hooke
www.huonhooke.com

Burton McMahon 2013 Chardonnay

“…This wine is green-tinted straw and has scents of stonefruit and oatmeal. Elegant white nectarine flavour shows on the front of the palate and melon, mineral and lime zest fruit characters meld with cashew oak on the middle palate. Flinty acid comes through at the finish.”

Rated : 5 Stars
John Lewis
Newcastle Herald

Burton McMahon 2013 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

“…This Pinot has 13.6% alcohol, is ruby red, and has scents of violets. Sweet, ripe raspberry flavour homes in on the front of the palate, and glace cherry, spearmint and clove characters integrate with spicy oak on the middle palate. The finish has slatey tannins…”

Rated : 4.5 Stars
John Lewis
Newcastle Herald

Burton McMahon 2013 Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

“…Meaty, spicy, musk stick perfume, cherry fruit – nice dark ones mainly. Medium bodied, firm and shapely, quite strict, yet juicy and appealing. Dry finish with powdery tannin dragging it along. It’s a pretty spunky kind of wine.”

Rated : 92+
Gary Walsh
www.winefront.com.au

Burton McMahon Pinot Noir 2012

“A collaboration between Hunter Valley winemaker Matt Burton of Gundog Estate and Yarra Valley based Dylan McMahon of Seville Estate—they sourced Pinot from the Lightfoot & Sons vineyard here.

It’s light coloured, spicy and shows some sous bois earthiness; great drinking.”

Rated : 92 Points
Mike Bennie
Wine Business Monthly

Burton McMahon Pinot Noir 2012

Thirty percent whole bunches. Cold soaked for four days prior to wild fermentation. Bottled unfiltered. My kind of ‘natural’ winemaking.

It’s a pretty funky wine. Murky and light to look at too. Not what you would call mainstream drinking. And yet – it’s twiggy, insistent, complex and penetrating. A savoury, smoky, spicy wine more than it is a fruity one. It needs time to build weight but it has complexity, length and personality sewn up. Tart acid through the finish contin- ues the dare. Hard wine to score but put it this way: I’m considering buying some.

Rated : 93+ Points
Campbell Mattinson
www.winefront.com.au

Burton McMahon Chardonnay 2012

“A new project by Matt Burton, of Gundog Estate, and Dylan McMahon, of Seville Estate. The two have been good friends since doing vintage in Alsace and then travelling France together in 2002. This first release comes in classy packaging and, more importantly, is an exceptionally classy wine. It was grown on two vineyards, both in the famed Upper Yarra.

This is an outstanding chardonnay. Very young but with a great future ahead of it. It’s flinty, mealy, citrussy, white peachy, funky. Oak and acid and fruit all pull together in harmony. Grapefruit-like bitterness on the finish. Complex, but coiled and composed. It needs time but a ripping release.”

Rated : 95 Points Gary Walsh
www.winefront.com.au

Burton McMahon Chardonnay 2012(Yarra Valley) $40; 13% 4 1⁄2/ 5

“Winemakers Matt Burton (Hunter Valley’s Gundog Estate) and Dylan McMahon (Seville Estate in the Yarra Valley) struck up a friend- ship while travelling in France a few years ago. Their first releases are from the Yarra Valley (there’s a pinot noir, too). This is from the Upper Yarra and it smells delightful, with com- plex white peach, citrus and cinnamon spice notes, plus a little smoky oak. It has a super texture, while pure, rich white peach, lemon zest and grapefruit flavours are opulent and composed.”

Ben Thomas
www.theweeklyreview.com.au