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2010 Chain of Ponds Pilot Block Chardonnay
12 x 750ml Bottles
Cracka ReviewAdmittedly there are few pilots in sight of this wine. Actually, I'm not sure how you'd go landing a plane in the Adelaide Hills. It is quite, erm, hilly... Lucky that the pilot block in question was actually a trial block for alternative varieties (and hence had nothing to do with pilots at all). Anyways, this is a rather generous Chardonnay from a top vintage in the Adelaide Hills. A tropical fruit drenched wine in a simple format is is both rich and elegant.
Winemaker's NoteThis wine is made from grapes sourced from of a number of vineyards spanning the Adelaide Hills. Ideal growing conditions early in the season allowed the retention of crisp acidity as well as producing a full flavoured style with green apple and citrus characters. The parcels harvested later in the season balance the wine with stonefruit and tropical flavours.
Colour - Medium straw with a vibrant green hue.
Bouquet - The wine shows good varietal lift with nectarine, pineapple and peach, and underlying green apple and lime. A mildly complex aroma for an unwooded chardonnay.
Palate - The rich yet elegant fruit flavours show through in this finely balanced wine. Fresh peach, pineapple, nectarine and pear characters are well balanced with some fresh crisp green apple and lime notes. The middle palate is soft and round with stone-fruit flavours and a balanced acidity. The finish is clean and full leaving a lingering burst of fresh fruit salad in the mouth long after swallowing. Great with chicken or Asian cuisine.