Murdoch Hill | Artisan Series | The Rocket Chardonnay
Current Vintage: 2019
The second release of this limited-release Chardonnay is another beauty. Fruit is sourced from two vineyards: one high (560m), a dry-grown site in the Piccadilly Valley with 35-year-old vines; and the other lower in Lobethal with 20-year-old Bernard clones (76 vines on a good east-facing slope). Wild-fermented (with 50% malolactic) in very tight-grain French barriques and puncheons (50% new). The notes tell you what you need to know.
In the Adelaide Hills wine region, winemakers make bold decisions to produce unique wines. Just 20 minutes from Adelaide, it's a lush, leafy retreat with more going on than meets the eye.
The landscape here is as diverse as the wines. Roads twist and turn, and steep hills and valleys create different microclimates. it's a region that inspires creativity in its artists, its food producers and its winemakers.
The Adelaide Hills is a relatively young wine region that's playing a vital part in the evolution of Australian wine. it's acclaimed for cool-climate classics like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and is pushing the case for alternative varieties.
"Strong struck match and flint scents, almost completely dominating fruit character, though a peep of white pear emerges behind. The palate is skeletal but lightly juicy, impressively taut, lengthy and racy, holds incredible sense of freshness and vitality, skims long into a green pear/lime juice finish. It's of an ilk, but done very well, and should hold attention long for those seeking mineral-charged, leaner, racier styles. It's an excellent expression." 96 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front