Chardonnay Adelaide Hills South Australia
Exclusively Adelaide Hills Chardonnay? You bet, it's a Wolf and it's nothing but the finest, in a modern adults only styling. Wolf Blass captures the affinity between Adelaide's Hills and Chardonnay, fashioning a vital wine with crunchy fruit characters and solid structure. High altitudes and a cool climate make Adelaide Hills the ideal location for Chardonnay, where the grapes develop elegant flavours while retaining cleansing natural acidity. Extended time resting on yeast lees adds creamy textures and exciting mouthfeel.
The Adelaide Hills are normally at least two degrees cooler than the neighbouring Barossa Valley. A variety of soil types and misty wet weather in spring prevents excessive fruit set. Chardonnay grown here is distinctive and generously flavoured. Gold Label is ever evolving, as the Wolf Blass team spare no effort to construct the most essential and approachable wines. Grapes are vinified in small batches through a combination of wild and cultured yeasts, choice components are barrel fermented in French oak. A portion is treated to malolactic and lees stirring battonage for added richness, complexity and mouthfeel. Matured nine months in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barriques. Alcohol 13.5%
Pale straw hue with green tinges. Lifted aromas of lemon butter and white peach meld with nutty and charry savoury notes offered by the deft use of French oak. Lively citrus flavours soften with the creamy characters coming from the partial malolactic fermentation. Both the fruit and oak tannins combine to hold the flavours on a tight line and add to the great length of this elegant Chardonnay.