2009 Madeleines Musque Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
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'Musque' is a clone that is normally only ever seen in France and is prized for its intense aromatic characteristics. The combination of this incredibly intense (and extremely rare in Australia) Adelaide Hills fruit, a wild ferment and high quality french oak is simply magical. After 8 years in the bottle, it has developed into a robust, rich and powerful wine.
The experts loved it too. Halliday awarded it a 94 points. Tony Keys also fell under its spell and awarded it 93 points. Let's put that in perspective, shall we? Back in 2009, Shaw and Smith's M3 Chardonnay was Halliday's highest rated Chardy out of the Adelaide Hills with a 96. 94 points for a wine selling at half it's price is certainly commendable!90
Handmade from vineyard to bottle.
Handmade from a rare Chardonnay Musqué clone, we were amazed by the exotic musky fruit flavours - a Chardonnay like no other.
We nurtured this batch with wild ferment on solids in aged French oak to retain purity and elegance. Matured on lees for four months. New Age Chardonnay.
Medium green straw appearance. Nutty, developed aromas. Delicate, soft palate. Firm acid.
James Halliday says:“
A sophisticated wine with wild ferment of cloudy juice in aged French barriques of the so-called Musque (musk) Chardonnay clone, often heard of in France, but not Australia. The result is a complex, powerful, tangy and convincing wine.94
Tony Keys says:“
Fresh shy nose of peach maybe, hard to define, tight structure at the front of the palate and follows a tight line across the palate, it's in the modern style of contained Chardonnay, not always to my personal liking, but has a ready market nowadays.93