Chardonnay Adelaide Hills South Australia
What constituted a lane, I suppose, was a large encampment of German emigrants who had pitched their tents in a parallel line on the opposite side of the row. They were recent arrivals from Germany by the ships Zebra and Prince George, and were the pioneers and founders of the little rural hamlet of Hahndorf.
Chardonnay grows very well to the salubrious mesoclimes of the Adelaide Hills where it takes on a style that's quite unique to the region. Grapes are hand picked following a stringent selection process in the vineyards, with a view to preserving the expression of terroir, from fifteen year old vines planted to gravely red, loam over clay soils at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills. A combination of the cool Mediterranean climate, superior aspect and free draining soils produce wines of classic varietal definition. Each parcel of wine is treated individually throughout maturation to maximise options in assembling a final wine of definition and personality. Matured exclusively in 100% French oak barriques. Alcohol 13.9%
Brilliant appearance, pale yellow with bright green hues. Vibrant aromas of nectarine, lemon rind and slate fill the glass. Intense primary flavours of nectarine and citrus are married with new and used oak barrel ferment characters. Lees stirring adds a textural element while natural acidity imparts brightness and minerality as well as balance and persistence. Degrees of funk from natural barrel fermentation and restrained use of Burgundian oak provide a subtle degree of interest. The palate demonstrates fruit combined with elegance.