Sixty Second Swirl

Situated along the Murrumbateman Road, the Joshua’s Fault vineyard has a clear and dedicated focus on leveraging the site to grow first-class fruit and craft quality cool climate wines.

On their website, winemaker, Chris Joshua, states the mantra of “Premium fruit becomes beautiful wine”.

This week’s “swirl” is a great example of classy, cool climate wine production – the Joshua’s Fault Chardonnay 2018.

In the glass, this “chardy” is medium Straw in colour with flashes of golden hues.

A swirl reveals aromas of freshly cut yellow-fleshed peaches, a hint of tropical paw paw and a twist of lightly toasted oak.

On the palate, the stone fruit flavours continue, supported by a ripe citrus tang and a hint of minerality.  The aftertaste is long and lingering.

We enjoyed our bottle with spaghetti with an olive, caper and sundried tomato sauce, but would go well with seafood and grilled chicken dishes.  I bought my bottle from the Yass Valley Information Centre but can also be bought for $30 online.


Brent Lello,

Yass Valley Times Wine Columnist

Tasting notes from the winemaker

“The wine is made from 100% estate-grown fruit of three different clones. It is hand-picked, whole bunch pressed into French oak barriques for primary fermentation. Partial malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur. The lees are stirred to enhance texture and lovely yeasty/bready characters.

The primary flavours are granny smith apple and ripe grapefruit which evolve with barrel maturation to soft oaky notes and delicious vanilla characters. The solid acid backbone of this cool climate wine will ensure cellaring to 2030 and beyond” – Chris Joshua.