Cooke Brothers Chardonnay | Shoenthal Vineyard
Current Vintage: 2017
A new venture from Winemaker and Viticulturist Ben Cooke in partnership with his brothers Jason, and Simon. Ben and his partner Charlotte Hardy (Charlotte Dalton Wines) form quite the formidable duo, and powerhouse winemaking family.
The Cooke Brothers wines are a celebration of sites which produce unique and distinct fruit worthy of becoming single-vineyard wines. Ben believes that the best wines are made in the vineyard, Careful pruning, restriction of yields and canopy management whilst respecting nature and the soils. Doing the hard work in the vineyards allows for a hands-o approach in the winery.
The Adelaide Hills are certainly alive - perhaps not with the sound of music - but rather, vast quantities of unique wines that circulate through the region's pristine body. This region is still a new kid on the Australian wine block - but is producing finessed cool climate classics such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Hipster’s will be happy in the Adelaide Hills too, with the region being home to a plethora of alternative varietals such as Blaufrankisch and Gruner Veltliner.
The Hills are chock full of cellar doors serving up the best of the region's food and wine output. The cooler climate that comes with altitude serves as an important point of difference from the warmer regions in Adelaide - tarty and acidic wines dominate over the more ripe fruit that can be found elsewhere in the State of Adelaide.