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Clonakilla are one of our nation's most eminent vineyard wineries, a tiny production operation, established by a CSIRO scientist at Murrumbateman, very near Canberra. It turned out to be a fortuitous planting, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and northern Rhone, the Clonakilla property now occupies a rank next to the mighty Grange on the prestigious Exceptional Langtons Classification, it yields vintages of Australia's most invaluable Shiraz. At $26.99, the estate's entry level belies its stature and excellence within the pantheon of great Australian wine, an essential experience this week for all enthusiasts, a canny choice for shrewd and judicious aspirants of elite new world Shiraz... Here's what our most picky pundits prefer»

Ingoldby Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay McLaren Vale South Australia
McLaren Vale is famous for its Mediterranean clime, ideal growing conditions which yield a distinct genre of Chardonnay, gentle and fruit forward with exemplary balance. Ingoldby can boast the Midas touch with Chardonnay, fashioned to the traditional McLaren Vale style, always displaying lovely elegance and finesse, a rejuvenating wine of focus and length. The citrus, nectarine and soft creamy buttery finish makes Ingoldby the perfect Chardonnay to accompany fresh white fleshed fishes, which we should all be eating twice weekly.
The Ingoldby name has been associated with McLaren Vale agriculture for over a century, however it was not until the late 1960s that Jim Ingoldby put the family name on a label. Since that time, Ingoldby have released a profound succession of award winning wines. Harvests of Chardonnay are pressed off skins, half the juices are fermented in seasoned French oak barrels, treated to lees battonage and malolactic for added complexity. Some batches are matured six months in oak barrel, the balance is vinified and held in fermenters to retain freshness. Components are assessed to determine the optimal balance of bright lifted fruit flavours and leesy oak complexity before assembling into the final wine.
Pale straw in colour. Lovely intense stone fruit characters of nectarine and peach, beautifully integrated with nut and nougat aromas, fresh honey butter legs around the rim of the glass, all supported by well balanced oak. A creamy palate offering lovely fresh characters, zestyness and excellent length. With just the faintest touch of oak, the focus is on clean citrus fruit, with nice texture and length of flavour on the back of the palate.
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