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2015 Petaluma Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

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Petaluma Chardonnay was championed by the winemaking vision of Brian Croser, who saw the potential of the Adelaide Hills as a region for premium Chardonnay. The wine is crafted using seven distinguished vineyard sites in the region to present Chardonnay perfection. Today Andrew Hardy is at the helm with the same fruit at his disposal so expect a Chardonnay that’s refined with nectarine and white peach and complex barrel characters. It’s textured and long with a excellent natural acids. A wine to enjoy with rich seafood or poultry.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2015 Chardonnay has been made with an eye on the future and will age gracefully for many years.

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2015 Petaluma Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
There is a harmony between pure, concentrated fruit and finely restrained, textural structure that marks this among the great vintages for Petaluma Chardonnay. White peach, fig, grapefruit and lemon blossom each find excellent definition, impeccably supported by understated ferment complexity and struck flint lees notes. Finely textured structure and outstanding persistence draw into a finely focused tail.
2012 - 2016
Wine Taste Special Edition 77 - Adelaide Hills Whites
95
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A complex and complete chardonnay whose forward, slightly brassy and custard-like bouquet of melon, fig and buttery oak are backed by suggestions of minerals and yellow flowers. It's long, smooth and generous, with deep regional chardonnay flavours finishing with a fine cut of acids, lingering lemony, limey and mineral notes.
2015-2018
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
93
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Looking quite ripe and forward, golden and ready to go now in colour. Smelling rich and complex, honey butter caramel toast and butter scotch, the silky soft acid palate is generous and richly complex with a long rich middle palate that never ends. The clean finish, finely handled, is subtle honeyed fruit, very fine tannins and acid. This is impressive current drinking or for taking out to dinner.
2014
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; time in bottle has served to increase the richness and generosity of the wine, with the layers of white peach and nectarine the product of a warmer than usual vintage, and a touch of Margaret River in its style make-up. Will be its peak over the next few years.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; a very complex wine, the first whiff of the bouquet pointing to the array of white peach, nectarine and grapefruit characters held together and given additional complexity by partial barrel fermentation (itself a change from total barrel ferment in the past) and partial mlf; the finish and aftertaste are particularly impressive.
2017
Australian Wine Companion 2012
96
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Needing time to evolve in the glass, with a complex, nutty and waxy, slightly mealy bouquet of melon, stonefruit, Cloves and cinnamon backed by nuances of tropical fruits, grapefruit and dried flowers. It's smooth and generous, with a deep core of evenly ripened fruit underpinned by a powdery backbone before finishing long and quite complete, with waxy, savoury elements.
The Australian Wine Annual
95
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
This is in the more austere elegant restrained fashion set by its founder; long dry and firm recent vintages have gained weight of apple pear and white fruit and texture.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2011
90
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
This is in the more austere, elegant, restrained fashion set by its founder; long, dry and firm recent vintages have gained weight.
2015
Australian Wine Vintages
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Pungent and very developed, with pronounced buttery, toasty and honeyed characters that almost obscure its aromas of peach, grilled nuts and apricot. It's broad and forward, lacking its usual shape and direction, appearing thick and creamy, rather heavy-handed and inelegant. Quite a departure from the Petaluma standard and style.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
86
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
This is in the more austere, elegant, restrained fashion set by its founder; long, dry and firm.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Precise and polished bouquet of grapefruit, nectarine and grilled nuts; the palate is silky and fine with tightly wound fruit, and very fine acidity; gloriously long and harmonious.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Toasty and complex, with grilled nuts, grapefruit and floral notes; very elegantly structured, with fine acid and fruit, and the flavour builds across the palate to a long, harmonious and fresh finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
A classic complex chardonnay - the full package. It shows strident oak influence, creamy and spiced, plenty of work has been added to concentrated nectarine fruit. The palate travels down the same smoothly fruited path, long and even, plenty of white peach and spice, rich toasty oak and great power through the finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Heady aromas of dried flowers, honeydew melon, white peach and nutty, buttery vanilla oak are backed by suggestions of wheatmeal and grilled nuts. Long, reserved and finely crafted, its smooth and gentle palate builds towards a balanced and savoury crescendo of succulent melon, peach and cumquat flavour, fine phenolics and refreshing acids. A step up in concentration and emphasis for this style.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
This is in the more austere, elegant, restrained fashion set by its founder; long, dry and firm recent vintages have gained weight.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A sophisticated wine, with a range of precisely judged inputs leaving only a faint imprint on the varietal fruit; minerally finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Supple and stylish, this tangy, dry and Macon-like chardonnay has a lightly floral and banana-like aroma of grapefruit and melon fruit with underlying nuances of toasty vanilla oak and creamy, charcuterie-like lees-derived complexity. Initially vibrant and juicy, with neatly integrated nutty vanilla oak, it extends towards a long, crisp and savoury finish of refreshing acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
95
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
This is in the more austere, elegant, restrained fashion set by its founder; long, dry and firm recent vintages have gained weight.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Seamless, smooth and generous, this complex and savoury chardonnay has a lightly soapy fragrance of peach, melon and grapefruit supported by sweet nutty, buttery and spicy undertones of lemon, vanilla, dried flowers, cloves and nutmeg. Richly fruited, its unctuous and surprisingly powerful palate of lingering stonefruit, citrus and mealy flavours culminates in a lingering savoury and nutty finish. Very restrained and complex.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Just when you think this is a nice, neatly balanced, bottle-developed chardonnay, the wine accelerates on the back-palate and reverberates on the finish and aftertaste, lifting it into the top echelon.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
This is in the more austere, elegant, restrained fashion set by its founder; long, dry and firm recent vintages have gained weight.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
85
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
An exercise in delicate, refined elegance; a mix of apple, stone fruit and grapefruit flavours with super-fine oak; lovely squeaky acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A more powerful and sumptuous Petaluma Chardonnay, whose fragrance of peach, apple and pear reveals some delightful floral perfume and tightly Integrated oak-derived qualities of vanilla, hazelnut, clove and cinnamon. There's also a suggestion of bubblegum and a hint of toast. Supple and fleshy, it's long and seamless, delivering a sumptuous and lingering core of intense, juicy fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
95
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Elegant and refined; pear, apple and stone fruit in a fine skein of oak; impeccable balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A typically fine and focused chardonnay from the Croser stable whose fresh, but delicate aroma of lemon sherbet, apple and pear is backed by suggestions of creamy, clove-like oak and banana. Supple, long and elegant, unfolding a bright core of melon and citrus fruit, it finishes slightly dusty, with refreshing acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Elegant in the extreme; all the components beautifully proportioned and weighted around a core of melon and stone fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
95
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; typically understated but tightly focused melon and nectarine aromas interwoven with quality oak on the bouquet; the elegance, finesse and balance of the palate are an understatement rather than the reverse; the wine also has excellent length.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
94
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a complex array of melon, fig and cashew aromas with the oak barely noticeable is followed by a typically elegant and subtle palate, at once complex yet understated; its best years are in front of it.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
92
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light to medium green-yellow; a clean, finely balanced bouquet with nectarine, fig, a touch of cashew and a hint of mineral all present. A refined style, with gentle creamy/cashew flavours and subtle oak. Delicate and understated; will develop.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
89
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Very light green-yellow; an extremely delicate, unevolved and faintly minerally bouquet is followed by a delicate, crisp apple and melon-accent palate which needs some years to open and build. As it does, will doubtless rate higher points.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
88
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean, it ripples with a marvellous array of fruit aromas and flavours ranging from stony-minerally through citrus-grapefruit to tropical, yet retains exceptional finesse and elegance.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
96

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