News and Reviews

Restaurant & Cellar Door - What's on?

March marks the start of the most important few weeks in a winery diary - Harvest for Vintage 2017!

It's going to be all hands on deck, day and night, but here at Mandala we really love this time as it gives us a chance to group together and enjoy each other's company.

There's nothing better than cooling off after a long graft with some good grub, grog and chatter, all while soaking up that fresh valley air and taking in the moment.

Keep an eye on our social hubs for all the inside pics and updates - we can't wait to share them with you.

Meanwhile it's also events season! We'll be mingling with the crowds at the City Cellar event on Melbourne's Southbank on the 31st March, which is free so do come down if you can?

We're really excited about the highly-anticipated 2017 Yarra Valley Food and Wine Festival at Rochford wines on the 1st and 2nd of April - you'll find us roaming the wine lanes!

We'll also be posted up at Ringwood's Eastlands Shopping centre on the 9th April for the HarvEast event, where our Cellar Door Manager Leo will be manning the Mandala wine tasting stall.

Reviews

2012 Mandala Blanc de Blancs

'Creamy, textured sparkling with lemon-lime acidity and refreshing minerality, with brioche and honey characters, a tight structure and long finish. You can drink this, as Lionel Ritchie would say, all night long'

- David Prestipino, WAtoday, December 2015

'[Australia's] struggle to produce quality bubbles has long been over, and here is a fine example of how good we can make them. Sits on any table against the French. 94 Points.'

- Peter Chapman, 'Views on the Vine', The Queensland Times, September 2015

'Light straw colour. The aromas are straw and melon-like chardonnay, with a fine, intense palate which is dry and savoury and appetising. Very good young blanc de blancs style'.

- Huon Hooke, www.huonhooke.com

2012 Mandala 'The Butterfly' Cabernet Sauvignon

'A brilliant purple-crimson rim to the colour; everything comes together in this excellent cabernet; blackcurrant/cassis fruit is in the driver's seat, cushioned by finely strung tannins and the just the right amount of savoury nuances the overall flavour, oak buried somewhere in the mix. 96 Points'

- James Halliday, 2016 Edition Australian Wine Companion

'Classic Yarra Valley cabernet flavours. Pencil and blackcurrant with olive and mulberry as eager participants in the wine's overall profile. Firm tannin provides the framework. Slight gamey edge. Will mature well. 92 Points'

- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, April 2015

2012 Mandala 'The Compass' Chardonnay

'Hand-picked and sorted before whole bunch pressing to French oak for a cool ferment and 16 months maturation. A classy wine, still in the first flush of youth when 3yo; white peach is all important in establishing the parameters of what is a very pure and lovely chardonnay. 96 Points.'

- James Halliday, 2016 Edition Australian Wine Companion

'Cracking wine from the Yarra Valley that does come at a price, but as we all know quality does cost. Lots of love went into the making of this, and you'll share the love.'

- Peter Chapman, The Queensland Times, April 2015

'New "single-site" range out of Mandala in the Yarra Valley. From the Dixons Creek sub-region. Pure silk. Milk, wax and white peach with a steely, spicy edge. Crisp but it whispers softness. Long. Youthful. Plenty going for it. 94 Points.'

- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, April 2015

2012 Mandala 'The Matriarch' Pinot Noir

'Full deep colour, a complex bouquet with blood plum and satsuma plum, plus some savoury notes, leads into a rich, full flavoured palate that keeps its shape and line through to the long finish; ripe, but fine, tannins and well-judged French oak complete an impressive picture. 95 Points.'

- James Halliday, 2015 Edition Australian Wine Companion

'This is a powerful beast. It's almost thick with flavour; in a varietal context at least. Black cherries and plums, tangy but bold, with malt and undergrowth characters adding to the show. 93+ Points'.

- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, April 2015

'Move over Kiwi, here comes an Aussie pinot that will take your best head-on. Silky strawberry and cherry fruits. Cellar for five years or knock the top off now.'

- Peter Chapman, The Daily Mercury, April 2015

2012 Mandala 'The Prophet' Pinot Noir

'Very different to 'The Matriarch'; the colour is lighter, more crimson than purple; the bouquet of cherries not plums, the palate is an exercise in restrained elegance, but the mouthwatering flavours continue unabated until the finish and aftertaste. 95 Points'

- James Halliday, 2016 Edition Australian Wine companion

'Cherries and cranberries, both sweet and tangy, with smoky oak and spice notes laid on. Textural. It builds an impression of generosity even while maintaing a keen varietal line. Firm of tannin too. For now or later. 93+ Points'.

- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, April 2015

'The wines from Mandala, a relatively new producer in the Yarra Valley, have shown immense promise over the past decade. This single-vineyard pinot noir from cool Yarra Junction not only confirms that potential, it underlines it in thick black marker pen. Made only in outstanding years, this has a compelling freshness and vibrancy to it; perfumed with poached cherry flavours, newly-picked raspberry notes and understated oak all coming together...this is lovely [and] speaks of the region.'

- Windsor Dobbin, wdwineoftheweek.blogspot.com.au, April 2015

2012 'The Rock' Shiraz

'A mouthful of red surprises. Light pepper and red black fruits highlighted by cherries. Buy two, drink one tomorrow and one a few years down the track, if you can resist.'

-Peter Chapman, Queensland Times, April 2015

2013 Mandala Chardonnay

'Hand picked, wild fermented, 25% goes through MLF, nine months in oak. Attractive fruit-driven wine with a flinty, sophisticated finish. There's much to be enjoyed and applauded here. It tastes of pear, woodsmoke, lime and flinty, spicy, minerally characters. Pretty much all ducks in a row.'

- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, November 2014

'Hand-picked, separately vinified clones 76, 95, 96 and 11OV1; wild-fermented in French barriques, with 25% mlf. Vivid green hue; stone fruit and citrus provide fruit flavour complexity, the oak and mlf adding a touch of brioche. 94 points.'

- James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au

'Yes, loving this! It's a big people's / grown up's kinda wine. It doesn't mean you can't simply chill and swig, but it's worth taking the time to enjoy this one. The nose is layers of lime and grapefruit with lemon meringue, then some cashew nuttiness beneath. Palate is gorgeous; a really pretty wine that balances mouth watering acidity with stone fruit sweetness comfortably. There's some vanilla and spice influence throughout from the oak it spent time in during fermentation and maturation. It all melds effortlessly.

Cracking stuff. Big love for this. Get some.'

- Michael Ellis, Wine Punter, November 2014

2013 Mandala Pinot Noir

'This is a very good pinot, but the price makes it a great buy. It has some smoky/toasty oak aromas and a trace of Burgundy-like funk. The palate is intense and penetrating, thanks in part to the acidity, which is fresh. It's good now, but will be better in a year or two.'

- Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine Top 100 New Releases, May 2015

'There's dark cherry and plum fruit on the nose and palate of this Yarra Valley red, with a floral and savoury herbal touch and silky tannins on the finish. Enjoy it over the next five years or so with roast duck, Chinese style duck or quail. 92 Points.'

- Mike Frost, 'Frost on the Vine', Brisbane Courier Mail, November 2014

'From the estate Yarra Junction vineyard (70%) and 30% from Dixons Creek; a 4-clone mix with multiple picking dates Feb-Mar; destemmed to open fermenters, then 12 months in French oak (30% new). Barrel selection has resulted in an intense bouquet and palate, with juicy cherry fruit and a lingering finish. 95 Points.'

- James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au

'Interesting pinot noir. Needs some time. Gorgeous aromatics and mid-palate...suspect it's still settling down, still working out exactly how it's going to run its show. But it's working up to something good. Firm, fine tannin is of particular note, especially when combined with a bloom of foresty pinot fruit goodness.'

- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, November 2014

2013 Mandala Sauvignon Blanc

- Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review, September 2014

'It's all fine minerals and citrus juice attacking both aromatically and in the mouth, tingling acidity, super tangy lime with some perfumed lifts propelled into a long and lingering, talc and chalky, zest and pithy finish.'

- 'Top Drops' with Tony Love, Sunday Mail, December 2014