Current Vintage: 2020
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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.
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.
"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