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2012 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 8 Chardonnay

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If you're holding a special dinner party and want to impress your guests, this cracking little Chardonnay from W.A. is just the thing you need!

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Bright straw

Nose: A complex array of fresh stone fruit and floral notes followed by under layers of raw nuts

Palate: The palate is vibrant with flavours of white peach and citrus leading to layers of biscuit and nuts. The natural acidity drives the wine to a long mineral finish

Food pairing: Steamed fillet of Dhu with soy, ginger and spring onion oil sizzle

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2012 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 8 Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2012 Vintage) says
It flares with flavour before swanning through the finish; power at the hand of elegance. Grapefruit, white peach, lemon curd and oak spice, a thrilling wire of lemony acidity pulling it long/tight.
Drink by 2021
95
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Hand-picked, chilled, free-run juice pressed to French oak (40% new) for cool fermentation and 10 months maturation. An ultra-elegant and fine Chardonnay with grapefruit, melon and white peach fruit in a seamless stream running through the long, perfectly balanced palate, the oak having been effortlessly absorbed.
Drink by 2028
96
Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says

Winemaker and viticulture team of Clemence and Lee Haselgrove were in full flight of defining the style of Forest Hill Chardonnay in 2013. A formidable era for the extraordinary vineyard too. Young winemaker Guy Lyons from Forest Hill is a bit of a dude, seems determined to maintain the strength of the wines. Great to see youthful vitality following through from what many rationalise was a pretty big loss in the exit of key personnel.

Very perfumed, for Chardonnay, quite evocative in sandalwood, rose petal, dusting of cinnamon, green apple, gently toasted almonds. Suppleness in texture, smooth, almost feathery through its length, set on very brisk acidity but shows sumptuous savouriness in nut paste, halva-like character. Length is remarkable; flavours linger, as does mouthwatering acidity. Superb wine. Such grace.

2017 - 2024
94
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
An almost pungently perfumed bouquet leads into a palate with extreme precision, drive and energy; the flavours are largely in the grapefruit spectrum, with melon and white peach also making significant contributions; the barrel-ferment oak has made some impact, contributing a necessary part of the finish. Drink to 2021.
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Vibrant green hue; the bouquet is high impact and full of savoury aromas with charcuterie, grilled cashew and grapefruit all coming to the fore; the palate shows good intensity and depth, supported by an electric line of acidity; long, fresh and compelling.
To 2023
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Terrific chardonnay here based on excellent fruit from this mature vineyard. The aromas show a smoky savoury character with a little minerality. The palate is multi=layered and complex with a very long finish. Superb structure and power with the potential to improve with age.
WA Wine Guide 2013
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
The colour is still pale quartz-green; produced from dry-grown Mendoza clone vines; the bouquet is very intense, the palate almost painfully so, with unsweetened grapefruit and lemon flavours; despite its 14% ale, it still needs to relax its grip, and it is difficult to guess how long this wine will live for.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
95
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Another profound statement of sophisticated chardonnay from Forest Hill. Carries that wild and funky thing from the previous vintage with restraint and deft poise. Complex mealy minerally aromas with a deeply intense and penetrating palate profile. Excellent structure and palate weight carries very long on the finish.
The West Australian Wine Guide
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Pale green-gold; a complex bouquet and palate, each delivering a similar message: very fine white peach, apple and grapefruit flavours in a thin veil of oak; most surprising is the finesse achieved at this alcohol level.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
One of the more terrior-driven chardonnays you'll come across, this has scintillating grapefruit and lemon citrus-fruit aromas, white stone fruits and smart oak; it's flinty at the edges too. The palate delivers breathtaking acidity and focused flavours, the texture is tight-wrapped, and it finishes long and powerful.
Penguin Good WIne Guide 2011 2011
95
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Lots of wild things happening in here with this very complex and intriguing wine. The nose has a spicy nutty nuance with a strong intense minerality. The palate is extraordinary complex and intricate with layers of flavours weaving into a mighty impressive expression of the style. This is one of the finest chardonnays yet from Forest Hill.
2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
96
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A fragrant, multi-faceted bouquet, with an interplay between fruit and barrel ferment oak, leads into a vibrant palate of nectarine, apple and grapefruit, the finish long and highly focused
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Brilliant colour; intense and penetrating grapefruit, nectarine and melon; very good acidity and oak provide thrust for the long finish; 40-year-old vines, dry-grown, hand-pruned and hand-picked.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Sourced from a select vineyard parcel, this is a super-fine and intense chardonnay, has fresh citrus oil aromas and zesty minerals, nectarines too; very restrained, the oak is tightly wound in. The palate is fine and tight, there's a juicy core of nectarine and young peach flavour, finishing crisp and taut.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
96
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Still very pale colour; refined and restrained power; a sinuous palate of nectarine and grapefruit interwoven with French oak, finishing with low acidity. Hand-pruned and hand-picked; restrained alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Elegant, intense and sophisticated, yet deliberately understated; melon, fig and citrus, the gentle acidity perfectly balanced in the context of the low alcohol. As with all the individual block wines, hand-pruned and hand-picked.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95

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