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2014 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

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A wine of elegant and subtle intensity, the Estate Chardonnay represents class in any company. Vibrant stone fruit, white nectarine and orange blossom flavours carry though onto the palate with subtle hints of roasted nuts. The mouth feel is fleshy with intense fruit characters yet medium weight and beautifully structured.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Bright straw with green hues.

Nose: White nectarines, pears and brioche.

Palate: Flavours of stone fruit, pears and citrus. Barrel fermentation has resulted in a textured mouth-feel with hints of biscuit and creaminess that is well balanced by its natural acidity.

Winemaking: Chardonnay grapes were machine harvested in the cool hours of the night and pressed straight into French Oak barrels for fermentation. The temperature was held at between 14C and 16C during fermentation. Once alcoholic fermentation was completed, barrels were lees stirred weekly with partial malo-lactic fermentation taking place. Once the balance of the wine was achieved, it was racked out of barrels and blended. The wine was fined with isinglass and filtered before bottling.

Vintage notes: The growing season in Mount Barker saw favourable conditions throughout the year leading into vintage 2014. The consistent winter rainfall and solid rain events in October and November were very beneficial to recharging the soil profile. It was the driest summer since 1994 in the region and while most irrigated vineyards would struggle, the dry grown Forest Hill blocks flourished. The 2014 Chardonnay grapes benefited in the idyllic conditions and was harvested with pristine flavours and while preserving the natural acidity and balance.

Food pairing: Grilled snapper, shellfish bisque, buttered beans.

Cellaring potential: 5 to 8 years.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2014 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
There's a peppermint-cream aspect to this biscuity, well-powered Chardonnay. White peach and yellow stone fruit flavours flesh out the palate, with bacon fat and pine nut-like notes lingering on the finish. It's certainly distinctive.
Drink to 2018
James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
Machine-harvested at night, pressed straight to French oak (30% new) for cool fermentation, partial MLF and 8 months maturation. A complex bouquet, with smoky/funky nuances ex solids fermentation, leads into a palate with great length, drive and precision. This has classic restraint, very different to Margaret River.
Drink by 2023
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Pale green-quartz; the cool climate shows through in that seemingly effortless drive and intensity the fruit has, and the way it soaks up the barrel-ferment oak inputs; its palate is honed to a fine edge of white peach and nectarine, with an almost joyous purity and great length.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
With superb flavour - really concentrated chardonnay - and poise and freshness and complexity, this smells of citrus: plenty of limes and grapefruit here, really fresh and lively, and gentle oak, well crafted. The palate moves into more stone fruits, nectarines and white peach; really fresh, zesty finish. Great value.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright green-gold; the expressive bouquet is an immediate alert to a very impressive chardonnay to come on the intense, long and harmonious palate; the wine is built around white peach, nectarine and grapefruit, the acidity perfect, quality French oak in
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Very elegant and skilfully crafted wine, all the fruit and oak components balanced and integrated; light- to medium-bodied, the smooth nectarine and white peach fruit backed by subtle oak
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
An elegant wine, with some of the intensity of Block 8 to the clearly focused grapefruit and ripe apple flavours; long finish, and has absorbed the oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Fine and striking pristine citrus fruits, nectarines and fresh fine precise lift, perfect ripeness and clever winemaking -oozes class. Crisp zesty fruit palate, really intense and edgy, drives an unwavering line from start to mouth-watering finish. Superb!
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A tight, minerally substrate to the melon and citrus fruit; oak influence very subtle, needs time.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Complex barrel ferment aromas with ripe nectarine and stone fruit; a touch of malolactic/lees input; well balanced and proportioned.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; an extremely complex bouquet with cool-grown, citrussy, almost vegetal, fruit is followed by a similarly complex, cool-grown mouthfeel and flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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