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2016 Allandale Single Vineyard Chardonnay

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Hailing from the NSW region of Orange, this earlier-drinking Chardy would be a great addition to Sunday lunch with barbequed chicken. Tropical smells of melons, stone fruits and citrus float out of the glass, together with hints of dairy and vanilla from the oak and lees. The palate is more medium-bodied, with citrus and cream flavours, licks of toast, a velvety mouthfeel, and a smoothness to the lemony finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Viticulture: Fruit was sourced from a high altitude vineyard 612m above sea level in the cool climate region of Orange, NSW.

Winemaking: After settling, a portion of juice was put to brand new fine grain French oak and allowed to ferment naturally; the remainder was separated between two stainless steel tanks and inoculated with separate strains of selected yeast before being put to new and one year old fine grain French oak followed by extended lees maturation.

Palate & Bouquet: Stone fruit, fig and subtle oak aromas on the nose follow onto the palate. Three separate yeast strains combined with extended lees maturation and subtle use of high quality French oak hogsheads create elegant, texture and complexity.

Food matches: Fowl, pork, creamy pasta and seafood.

Cellaring: Short to medium term.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2016 Allandale Single Vineyard Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Very well made; has a mix of nectarine, white Q peach and citrus fruit given further complexity by the barrel fermentation of one of six different components that were ultimately blended to make this wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Developed green-gold; extremely rich and complex; partial barrel fermentation adds substantially to the impact of ripe stone fruit flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Nice wine, quite complex and powerful, but with a slightly broken line. Not sweet, however.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A creamy and peachy chardonnay whose rather simple and confectionary aromas of melon, toasty oak and marmalade precede a forward but then rather lean and hollow palate that reveals some under-and over-ripe characters. Its buttery, citrusy expression of cumquat-like flavour reveals herbal and tobaccoey undertones.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
85
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Gentle, smooth peachy fruit; matching gently sweet oak; easily accessible.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Smooth, soft and approachable chardonnay whose lightly tobaccoey aromas of melon and lemon are lifted by restrained oak influences. Its palate reveals some lively nectarine and peach flavours.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium green-yellow, slightly developed given the age of the wine, but the hue is good. Complex barrel-ferment aromas do not feed too strongly into the palate, which has excellent intensity and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
92
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet shows gentle, tangy barrel-ferment influences which give an attractively bready note to the aromas. The palate is quite complex, with a neatly blended mix of tangy fruit, oak and those slightly bready characters of the bouquet. Has good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
88
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; rich and complex barrel-ferment oak aromas are wound around tangy fruit on the bouquet. Overall, a very good example clove/spice oak because the fruit is there to support it.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
90
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Quite brilliant yellow-green; the sophisticated and clever use of spicy oak does not hide the peach and melon fruit on an attractively complex bouquet. The palate, likewise, shows lots of oak input, with more of that sweet, almost fleshy fruit; does cloy ever so fractionally on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
85

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