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Caledonia Australis Reserve Chardonnay

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Sometimes we try Australian wines that could be mistaken for French wines, in this case it’s exactly what the winemaker intended. Hardly surprising to learn that the winemaker in question did several vintages in Burgundy and is well versed in the greatest wines on earth as he’s one of the few Masters of Wine in Australia. Prepare for a sensory experience here with citrus and quince before secondary oak derived characters of cashew and toast. The palate combines the citrus and the creamy toasty notes to create a striking balance of fruit, oak and natural acids. It deserves nothing less than a home cooked roast chicken.

Winemaker's Notes

Bright, pale lemon in colour. Citrus and apple/quince aromas, secondary characters of cashew and cream, and vanilla and toast elements contribute to a classically complex bouquet. On the palate - creamy, toasty and nutty flavours balance the citrus and melon characters, and rich fruit and fresh acidity carry the flavours through to a long, savoury finish

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Caledonia Australis Reserve Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2013
Australian Wine Companion 2012
89
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Spot on in quality and price terms, this has a complex and savoury nose that brings plenty of winemaking to the fore, all backed by concentrated fruit - lemon and quince, some fig and grilled nuts. The palate reverses the order as fruit leads the way with savoury flavour running alongside, all very harmonious and even. Nutty, clean finish.
2011
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Ripe peach, pear and toasty oak on the bouquet; quite rich on entry, with grapefruit and cream and a bit of grip at the finish; slow developing, showing class and power.
2014
Australian Wine Companion 2010
93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Very good green-yellow; a richer, bigger, bolder style with nectarine, melon and fig; some Burgundian funk; excellent balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Gold-yellow; more complex and more nutty than the varietal; the screwcap of the varietal has done a better job than the cork of this wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93

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