Chardonnay Eden Barossa South Australia
The Thorn-Clarke family can be proud of a long history, growing the Barossa's finest Chardonnay, the best batches are retained for their own labels. Sandpiper sits lightly oaked, retaining a refreshing fruit character as it undergoes extended yeast maturation. A delicious Chardonnay dominated by nuances of white peach and tropical fruits over a nutty, lengthy palate. Sandpiper makes a stylish aperitif and is exquisite alongside good food, a personable wine of classic Eden Valley charm, creamy with a touch of mineral before a crisp, cleansing finish.
Thorn-Clarke's Mount Crawford Vineyard, in the higher altitudes of Eden Valley, yields an exceptional quality of Chardonnay, translating into outstanding wines endowed with exciting regionality. The favourable ripening seasons stimulate vines, accumulating vibrant varietal flavours in the fruit, infusing grapes with perfect natural acidity. Fruit is crushed, destemmed and treated to a membrane press, discarding the must. Parcels are fermented through the action of neutral yeasts, kept slow and cool to retain all the vital flavours. Sandpiper is lees stirred battonage for six weeks, minimally fined and filtered for optimal retention of inimitable Eden Valley character Chardonnay. Alcohol 12.5%
Pale straw colour. Clean and elegant nose offering white peach and blossom notes. A nimble, medium weight Chardonnay wine with peach, pear and citrus notes. The palate is well textured and mouthfilling after partial fermentations on French oak and a term of ageing on lees. Hints of nutty oak and roasted hazel characters before a finish of good length with lingering citrus and mineral characters.