Chardonnay South Australia
Named after Christopher Rawson Penfold's original stone cottage, which still stands among the vines at Adelaide's historic Magill Estate. A Chardonnay in true South Australian styling, sunshine in the glass, perfumed with enticing tropical fruit aromas, endowed with creamy textures and framed by a hint of oak. Rawson's Retreat is a balanced accord of good fruit, fine structure and controlled power, fashioned to be forward drinking and affable, in the timeless and enduring, decidedly Penfolds way.
The modern style of Australian Chardonnay, drawing on Penfolds extensive vineyard resources, Rawson's Retreat guarantees the drinker a thoroughly enjoyable taste of everyday wine at its very best. Exacting standards of viticultural management throughout the growing season ensures the winemaking team receive a quality of fruit that's worthy of the Penfold label. Careful vinification techniques are employed to ensure the wine retains all the virtue of the vineyard, while adding a measure of complexity through lees stirring and several months maturation under a selection of the finest oak, which also contributes balance and rich mouthfeel.
Pale straw, lime green hues. Orchard notes, white peach and green melon are lifted by freshly grated lemon rind. Grapefruit and white peach flavours are generous, yet lithe on the palate. Citrus acidity provides line and length with subtle texture and spice from oak maturation. Clean, fresh and vibrant. The creamy mid palate is supported by a tropical fruit core for a wine that's structured to please.