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2015 Wirra Wirra The 12th Man Chardonnay Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

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This lovely little chardonnay is a medium-bodied, moderately oaked style that shows scents of stone fruits, yellow citrus and buttered toast on the nose, with hints of exotic spice and vanilla custard. The palate has richness and nuttiness, with tastes of peaches and lemons, a creamy texture, bright acidity, and a decent spiced apple finish. This would be great with butter chicken from you local Indian take-away.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Vibrant gold with a green tinge

Bouquet: A complex aroma of lemon rind and white peach with grapefruit juice. The fruit is layered with brioche and grilled cashews with charry and cedar oak

Palate: The palate reveals a lovely intensity of fleshy lemon curd and nectarine fruits. The stone fruits are complexed by roasted nuts and vanilla beans and are wonderfully framed by a bright, crisp backbone and creamy texture

Drink: 5 - 7 years for optimal drinking

Food match: Delicious with chicken and leek pot pie

Alc/vol: 13.0%

expert reviews about

2015 Wirra Wirra The 12th Man Chardonnay Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

The Wine Front (2015 Vintage) says
Peach, wheatgerm, cedar and vanilla wood, spice and some struck match funk. Plenty of ripe peachy flavour, slight warmth, tinned grapefruit and stonefruit, cashew and spice, juicy, a bit coarse, but a good glass of Chardonnay all up.
2016 - 2019+
91
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Wild yeast-fermented in French oak. Intense and incisive, the flavours racing along the palate with classic grapefruit opening the bouquet and closing the palate, white peach the wicket keeper.
97
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Very pale colour; right in the swim of modern Australian chardonnay, with lower alcohol, wild yeast fermentation, lower new oak, and larger-format barrels. The result is an intense, long palate with a mix of savoury, citrus, white peach and cashew flavours on the vary long palate.
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Complex and stylish, its's finely balanced but almost exaggerated, with a pungent , smoky bouquet of grapefuit, melon and whit peach backed by creamy, bacony nuances, suggestion of cloves and ginger plus a hint of mineral. It's long and pristine, with a vivacious, smooth core of juicy citrus and melon flavour neatly meshed with creamy, lessy complexity, fesh vanilla oak and a savoury, mineral aspect.
2014-2017+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Wild yeast-fermented in fine French oak; a superelegant wine that, despite the cool vintage, has perfectly ripened white peach and melon fruit, oak contributing as much to the texture and structure of the wine as to the flavour. The tight structure guarantees the wine will develop well over the next four or five years, when you drink it is purely a question of personal style preference.
Wine Companion Aug/Sept 2012
94
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Spicy, heavily oaked aromas of grapefruit, melon, smoked bacon and vanilla reveal nuances of white peaches, cloves and ginger. It's supple and elegant, with an appealingly fatty but vibrant and brightly lit presence of fresh citrus, peach and melon flavour augmented by tight-knit oak and fluffy leesy notes, finishing with fresh soft acids, balance and clarity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
90
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Quite sassy and elegant, sweetly fruited and oaked, with a fresh bouquet of peach, grapefruit and melon backed by suggestions of lemon sherbet and toasty, lightly smoky vanilla oak. It's luscious, ripe and juicy, with a concentrated core of vibrant fruit knit with newish oak and finishing long and gentle, with tangy acids, a note of mineral and a hint of brine.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright green-yellow; a intense and tightly focused wine with grapefruit and white peach fruit buttressed by crisp acidity and a nice touch of oak to conclude.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Louise Radman (2008 Vintage) says
A well made & very stylish wine with the full winery treatment. Opulent & creamy with pronounced intensity, delicious lemon curd & stone fruit characters, smooth butter caramels, vanilla bean & smoky oak.
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green, it has very attractive juicy notes to the white peach and nectarine fruit, plus creamy/nutty wild yeast barrel ferment inputs.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
More like an opening batter in the Matthew Hayden mould, powerful and full-flavoured; lots of nectarine fruit and not short of willow oak
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Smooth and stylish, with a smoky bouquet of grapefruit, melon and cumquat backed by nutty vanilla oak and cheesy, leesy, tobaccoey undertones. Its polished and complex palate delivers a round, chewy mouthful of melon, grapefruit and lemony fruit over funky suggestions of smoked bacon and wheatmeal.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Tightly structured, nectarine, grapefruit and apple flavours; minimal oak and a long finish; still to fully flower.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A fresh, forward and generous chardonnay whose youthful and brassy expression of peach and nectarine flavours are backed by slightly awkward, smoky and meaty oak, with undertones of sweetcorn, barley sugar and butter. Smooth and savoury, it's moderately generous, and despite some lively acidity, tends to lack brightness towards the finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
88

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