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2013 Stonier KBS Chardonnay

Winemaker's Notes

This single vineyard Chardonnay from the KBS Vineyard combines elegance with power, showing great lightness of touch in a powerful substructure. It is an intensely flavoured and structured wine with lovely lifted lemon sorbet /lemon meringue character. The line and length are always a standout of this wine.

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2013 Stonier KBS Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Full, but bright straw-green; effectively the missing piece from the other two Stonier chardonnays, an exercise in harmony, the fruit flavours balanced between citrus and stone fruit, leaning towards the latter, along with quality oak and a hint of cashew.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A powerful, linear and long-term chardonnay whose floral and faintly spicy bouquet of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruits and fresh vanilla oak reveals scents of wheatmeal and white flowers backed by creamy, nutty, leesy nuances. It's long and creamy, already showing waxy and mealy complexity, driving strongly towards an emphatic finish backed by notes of butterscotch and smoked meats. It needs time to flesh out and integrate.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
94
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
From 20-year-old vines near the winery, its lemon citrus floral fruit is unique to the site. Brilliant balanced fruit, and rested for a year in bottle before release ensures a harmonious wine. A very different wine to the others more latent and restrained perhaps wild yeast influences looking oat meal like and with subtle fruit. The medium bodied palate has got fruit weight, creamy, even and long and is very restrained in terms of fruit flavour when tasted in April 2012 The flavour finish currently lasts 30 seconds indicating it will over time rise to great heights.
Rob Geddes MW
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright yellow-green; the vines were planted in 1988, and are thus fully mature, a factor in the complexity, bordering on outright richness, of the wine; it has layers of stone fruit, fig, melon and creamy cashew running through the length of the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
95
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
From 20-year-old vines near the winery, its lemon citrus floral fruit is unique to the site. Brilliant balanced fruit, and rested for a year in bottle before release ensures a harmonious wine. A very different wine to the others more latent and restrained perhaps wild yeast influences looking oat meal like and with subtle fruit. The medium bodied palate has got fruit weight, creamy, even and long and is very restrained in terms of fruit flavour when tasted in April 2012 The flavour finish currently lasts 30 seconds indicating it will over time rise to great heights.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The colour is still bright and relatively pale; the bouquet has some struck match complexity that lies behind the drive and texture of the long palate; grapefruit, white peach and some cashew are all to be found.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
From 20-year-old vines near the winery its lemon citrus floral fruit is unique to the site. Brilliant balanced fruit and rested for a year in bottle before release ensures a harmonious wine.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
From 20-year-old vines near the winery, its lemon citrus floral fruit is unique to the site. Brilliant balanced fruit, and rested for a year in bottle before release ensures a harmonious wine.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A complex leesy bouquet; lots of buttered toast and grilled nuts; a vibrant palate, with the structure being the cornerstone of the wine; everything in the winemakers arsenal has been thrown at the KBS, and it is a style that will polarise opinion
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fine citrus, melon and nectarine fruit leads the band; surges in the mouth, with focused intensity running right through its length; bright acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A profoundly stylised, complex and savoury chardonnay whose smoky fragrance of peach, pineapple and grapefruit reveals powerful undertones of charcuterie meats, buttery vanilla oak, wheatmeal, grilled nuts, and dried flowers, with more subtle suggestions of ginger, cloves and nutmeg. It's long and luscious, with a pure and powerful expression of melon, tropical and stonefruit flavours that easily soak up its meaty complement of artefact.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
96
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
From 20-year-old vines near the winery, its lemon citrus floral fruit is unique to the site. Brilliant balanced fruit, and rested for a year in bottle before release ensures a harmonious wine.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; supple, gently ripe melon and white peach fruit with quality oak inputs; good length and finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
The extra concentration of the '02 vintage very obvious; ripe, white peach and melon; mouthfilling; subtle oak; good fruit weight.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93

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