JH 90 points (2012), Silver Medal – 2013 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
Grape Variety :: Chardonnay
Region :: Coonawarra
Harvest :: Late February to early March.
pH :: 3.21 Acidity :: 6.35g/L RS :: 1.8g/L Alc/vol :: 13.5%
Vintage :: Good winter rainfall lead into a warm and dry spring. These dry conditions continued right through the growing season which in turn produced and earlier than normal start to vintage. Oak
Maturation :: Approximately 10% of this wine was fermented in French oak for 12 months.
Food Matching :: Pan fried chicken breast stuffed with finely sliced mushroom and chorizo served with asparagus. Marinade tofu in soy, ginger, cumin and sesame oil then cook into a stir-fry with steaming hokkien noodles, shitake mushrooms and bok choy for a fantastic vegetarian alternative.
Colour :: Straw yellow with tinges of green.
Nose :: Attractive Chardonnay aromas of peach and nectarine, along with zesty grapefruit. Subtle crème caramel and creamy notes add a lovely touch of complexity.
Palate :: Appealing flavours of white peach, pear and citrus, with hints of brioche, highlight the elegant palate. The mouth feel is subtly rich and creamy with elegant oak, enticing fruit and fine acid that is fresh and lingering.
Brilliant straw yellow with vibrant aromas of melon and peach and subtle caramel and smokey oak tones.
A fresh and lively palate with rich flavours of melon and peach and a hint of grapefuit. Barrel maturation has imparted a silky, slightly creamy mouthfeel and subtle oak underscore which extends through a lingering finish.
Winemaker Wayne Stehbens