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2015 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Great Southern Chardonnay

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A wine of elegance 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

Vineyard: Sourced from three sites on the Forest Hill Vineyard. Block 8, Block 9 and Highbury Fields 2.

Growing area & soils: Forest Hill, Mount Barker in the Great Southern. Gravel, loams over clay.

Winemaking: Harvested in the cool hours of the morning and chilled further before some parcels are whole-bunch pressed and others crushed before pressing straight into French oak barriques (30% new oak). Fermentation takes place at cool temperatures with mostly natural yeast. Batonage begins post primary fermentation with partial malo-lactic fermentation. After 8 months barrel maturation to achieve balance, the wine is bottled.

Vintage notes: Fruit set for 2015 was very low and this, coupled with lower than average rainfall during the winter and spring months, lead to very low yields across all varieties in our dry-grown vineyard. These conditions resulted in grapes with concentrated flavours and intensity.

Tasting notes: Bright straw with green hues and aromas of white nectarine, pears and spice. Flavours of stone fruit persist on the palate with citrus. Barrel fermentation builds richness, texture and complexing flavours. Finish is long with natural acidity.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2015 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Great Southern Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

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
95
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
92
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
94
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
92
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
95
Peter Forrestal (2008 Vintage) says
The first vineyard in Mount Barker now has a state-of-the-art winery at Denmark, with spectacular views. Its wine-maker, Clemence Haselgrove, is showing a deft touch with the wines. This is quite leesy and cedary at present, yet it is taut, intense and grapefruity
Quaff 2010 2009
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
93
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
94
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
94
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
90
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
92
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
88

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