Bondar Wines, Adelaide Hills, Chardonnay, 2014£21.95
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.”
Hugh Hamilton, The Scallywag, 2014£12.95
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, 2015£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.
Louis Roederer Cristal, 2006 (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, 2014£15.95
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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