Bondar Wines, Adelaide Hills, Chardonnay, 2016£20.95
Sourced from a single-vineyard at 400m above sea level in the cool Echunga area, this wine was hand-picked and pressed straight to barrel, where it underwent a natural fermentation. Matured in four barrels (one new, three older French oak) for about nine months. Very similar to the 2014 with a slightly purer fruit profile. We recommend you open it and let it breathe, sit back and watch it settle into its own skin and sing. It's a wine that will age beautifully over the next few years.
90 dozen bottles made.
Read Mike Bennie's review from MBM Magazine (94 points):
“Bondar are out of the blocks and racing. Great release of a lean and fine expression of Chardonnay here. It smells of wet slate, oyster shell, faint nuttiness then the pure, ripe stone fruit expression chimes in. Slinky yet crisp fringed in texture, the wine remains crisp and tight through its needle thrust line. Get involved.”
Chapel Down, Classic Non-Vintage Brut£22.00
Chapel Down Brut NV is a classic example of quality English sparkling wine with aromas of red apple, citrus fruits and freshly baked bread together with hints of strawberry and quince on the palate and fine persistent bubbles.
Chapel Down Brut is ideal as an aperitif or a perfect pairing to the British classic – fish and chips.
Drink within 3 years of purchase.
Claymore, ‘Voodoo Child’ Chardonnay 2016£14.50
Light, bright yellow
Distinct and complex – floral with a hint of kiwi fruit and pawpaw. Notes of oyster shell and a minerality, with a hint of vanilla from slight oak complexity.
This is a wine of great fruit purity – a true expression of Watervale Chardonnay. Delicate acid with a slight nectarine and goat cheese finish are complemented by a beautiful layering of flavour enhanced by slight oak intervention. Persistence of acid on the finish brings a complexity to the wine of slate, mid-palate creaminess and vanilla. Textural, balance, lush and poise are all apt descriptors.
This a Claymore's exciting first release of Chardonnay – they acquired a stunning 45 acre established Watervale vineyard in June 2014 and from this have hand selected a 5 tonne parcel of dry-grown, 1960’s Chardonnay to become their first ever Chardonnay.
The grapes were hand harvested at optimal ripeness (with great acid/flavour balance), chilled the picking bins prior to crushing and then fermented the free run and pressings juice separately, at very cool temperature until dry. Some extended lees contact and oak maturation was utilized to add another dimension to an already complex wine.
Down the Rabbit Hole, ‘Joy & Bliss’ Chardonnay, 2018£14.95
This wine is Down the Rabbit Hole’s Joy & Bliss. There’s a drop of happiness in every sip. A creamy mouthful with hints of passion fruit and honeydew, followed by a crisp finish with long lasting flavour.
As with all the labels, this pencil sketched illustration represents a line of Down the Rabbit Hole’s signature poem – and this one is “Another world of Joy & Bliss”
Domenic and Elise Palumbo are incredibly happy to bring to the UK this Chardonnay. In their words, “it’s our idea of perfect. Crisp and vibrant, with just enough oak to give it that silky finish. We are confident this will be a crowd pleaser, and will be exactly what you’re after when the light turns golden at the end of the day.”
At Tilley’s we were very excited to add to Down the Rabbit Hole’s growing family. We love all chardonnay and don’t discriminate but see a place for this light easy-going style. It gets us into the Festival spirit and makes us want to our own Scout VW Campervan for our own road-trip adventures!
First Drop, Full Fat White, 2016
Full Fat White is a blend of four different grapes, each contributing different elements to the wine: Pinot Grigio gives a zesty, citrus backbone, Arneis adds flavours of pear and grapefruit, Chardonnay loads on tropical fruit flavours and a drop of Moscatel adds aromatic floral notes.
After blending, the wine is then left for 4 months “sur lie” in stainless steel tanks. The resulting palate is luscious, with lemon curd and lime brulée flavours to the fore, undercut by thirst-quenching drinkability.
There’s a lot going on in this wine which means it a food friendly star favourite. It we were pushed to food match, we’d enjoy this one with a bucket load of seafood.
Hugh Hamilton Mixed Case£175.00
As with all families one is a black sheep and Hugh Hamilton is it. You can expect therefore to enjoy the difference. The black sheep is the master of a most reprobate flock, with characters such as ‘The Rascal’ Shiraz, ‘The Scallywag’ Unwooded Chardonnay and ‘The Villain’ Cabernet Sauvignon – this is no ordinary line up.
The wines are not ordinary either. There is a fascinating range of very individualistic wines that have great character. They have such character and depth of flavour they can become a topic of dinner party conversation on their own.
The case price of £175 includes a 10% discount. The selection is as follows:
Hugh Hamilton, The Scallywag, 2015£12.50
As the Black Sheep of the family, Hugh Hamilton crafts a modern style chardonnay where the grapes do the talking rather than yesteryear's manipulated 'blousey' wine style. The grapes are from Hugh's vineyards from the Adelaide Hills which benefit from cool days and nights giving melon fruit flavours. There is subtle texture from a small proportion matured in aged French oak. A refreshing take on Chardonnay.
Go on to watch Hugh's video on The Scallywag and his analogy how yesteryear's over-oaked Chardonnay is the kind of girlfriend you won't be introducing to your Mother!
Hunt Chardonnay, 2016£9.95
The Hunt label is from esteemed winery Dowie Doole.
Pale Straw in colour with aromas of apple and melon complexed by partial oak fermentation. These characters carry through on the full-flavoured palate, which shows the fine balance and a crisp, lingering finish.
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Louis Roederer Cristal, 2009 (with gift box)£170.00
In 1876, Tsar Alexander II – already a great lover of Louis Roederer wines – asked Louis Roederer to 'take the exercise still further' and create a cuvée for his personal use which was unique, in terms of both its style and the bottle. So Louis Roederer offered him an exceptional crystal bottle, holding the fruit of vines selected from the seven great crus on his estate. This cuvée would be offered
only in the truly 'great' years in which the ripeness of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes could provide the subtle, precise balance that has now become synonymous with the leading prestige cuvée of Champagne.
Cristal 2006 is made with 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% wines matured in wood (oak barrels) with no malolactic fermentation. Cristal is a blend of grand crus from the Reims mountain, the Marne Valley and Côte des Blancs. The wine is matured for six to seven years in cellars and rests for eight
months after disgorging. Dosage varies between eight and 10 g/l depending on the vintage.
Glistening color with light amber highlights, indicating a year of very fine ripeness. Soft, almost timid bubbles, in a slow and steady flow. There is a rich bouquet with confit fruit (lemon, orange), white flowers (lilies) and lightly roasted nuts (hazelnuts and almonds). On airing, the dominant fruitiness becomes intense: a sabayon of peaches,apricots, melon and mango. The mouth features a rounded, complex ballet of fruit. The texture is concentrated, giving the impression of biting into a ripe, fleshy fruit. The palate is enveloped by this depth of juicy, creamy, silky fruit, which soon makes way for a pure, sharp, graceful freshness.A transition follows from ripe fruit transforming the ripe fruit into a slightly sharp citrus flavor; the warmer notes make way for flowers, citrus zests and nuts. After this rapid succession of flavors, there is a lasting impression of harmony: the aromas,
flavors, slight bitterness and freshness come in just the right proportions, intermingling to form a perfectly integrated yet complex whole. A few hints of apple tart tartin and Danish pastries add a final touch to the already complex range of aromas.
Drink now but will mature and improve until 2020.
Maxwell, Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, 2016£16.75
We simply refer to this wine via its origin. The Adelaide Hills wine region borders McLaren Vale and is in its own right a world-class region, being the home to many of Australia’s best white wines, including Chardonnay. These hills provide elevated and cooler sites for viticulture, producing wines with good natural acid, structure and elegance.
COLOUR AND AROMA
Brilliant straw with golden hues. Aroma is filled with vibrant nectarine, white peach and melon fruits coupled with roasted hazelnut and oak spice.
The palate displays citrus fruits, lemon curd and almond meal notes. Lees stirring has added texture and mouth feel, creating a wine with balance and complexity. The wine shows great fruit length and refined oak. This is a fine and superbly balanced Chardonnay that captures the essence of its cool-climate origin.
While this wine is made to enjoy upon release, further maturation over 3 to 7 years will enable it to develop even more complexity, assuming satisfactory cellaring conditions.
A portion of the juice was barrel fermented in new French oak using wild yeast and partial solids to create depth and texture. The remainder of the batch was matured in seasoned French oak for ten months prior to blending.
O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013£16.75
The estate grown Chardonnay comes from the O’Leary family property at Oakbank, in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. The bouquet features delicate white peach, nectarine and grapefruit characters which flow seamlessly onto the palate.
Various techniques including barrel fermentation, lees stirring and partial malo-lactic fermentation adds texture and complexity to this alluring cool climate wine.
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