2015 Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Great Southern Chardonnay
Cracka Value Rating
RRP $29.99 per bottle
Our Price $24.99
$149.94 (6 x 750ml)
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
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
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
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
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 inAustralian Wine Companion 2011 2010
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 grapefruityQuaff 2010 2009
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 oakAustralian Wine Companion 2010 2009
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
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
A tight, minerally substrate to the melon and citrus fruit; oak influence very subtle, needs time.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
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
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
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.