Chardonnay Adelaide Hills South Australia
The northerly facing slope on Mark O'Leary's Benwerrin Vineyard, at Oakbank in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, is planted to a very special block of twenty year old Chardonnay vines. The combination of cool climate and long days of sunshine infuses grapes with flavour and encourages the development alluring aromatics. The extravagance of French oak barrel ferments, malolactic and lees stirring battonage, over the course of several months, enhances the generosity of fruit, while adding layers of complexity and creamy, yeasty autolysis richness.
Rich straw hues. Stone fruit and citrus nose, generous florals and oaken spice, white peach, nectarine and lemon grass notes. Textured, complex minerality throughout the fruit filled palate, delicate oak structure in support of the creamy vanilla stonefruit characters, serve with confidence alongside white meats and fine gourmandise.