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Capercaillie Cuillin Chardonnay

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"While the rest of the country struggled in 2011, the Hunter soared and were rewarded with a rain free vintage. Typical of the warm climate, this is a generous Chardonnay that exhibits ripe melon and is imbued with skillful oak. Mouthfilling and elegant, with admirable length, this wine works superbly with fish dishes like salmon and bleu eyed cod. "

Winemaker's Notes

With heavy and high November rainfall we were preparing for yet another wet vintage, but luckily the clouds disappeared after Christmas and the vines lapped up the sunshine. Once again, our own vineyard produced clean, ripe Chardonnay with good natural acidity, despite the heat we experienced towards the end of January.

The 2012 Chardonnay is full of those familiar pineapple, guava and rockmelon flavours and after having rested in French oak for a few months it is now a lovely elegant wine with a mouth filling freshness and a great length of palate.

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Capercaillie Cuillin Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; interesting wine; is the funky bouquet partly driven by reduction or not? I suppose it doesn't matter, for the wine also has considerable vibrancy and drive to its nectarine and citrus fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Traditional ripe Hunter chardonnay style with fresh acidity and nice oak.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Rather stylish indeed, this complex but fruit-driven chardonnay has a brightly lit bouquet of melon, fig, quince with nutty, buttery oaky undertones. Long and tangy, its vibrant, citrusy palate reveals charcuterie-like character and a briny minerality, finishing fresh and racy.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
91
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Rather cooked and angular, with smoky aromas of melon and buttery vanilla oak backed by suggestions of tobacco and figs. Quite broad, round and luscious, rather upfront, fat and forward and lacking much length, it's also developing quite quickly.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
82
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Traditional ripe Hunter chardonnay style with fresh acidity.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Early picking due to rain threatening has been a bonus, giving the wine a racy, citrussy overtone to the nectarine and melon fruit, oak irrelevant.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Traditional ripe Hunter chardonnay style with fresh acidity and nice oak.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Complex and intense, a cut above the average for a Hunter Valley chardonnay; a harmonious touch of barrel ferment on intense melon, stone fruit and citrus; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Likely to age rather quickly, with a smoky, toasty and buttery aroma of lemon, quince and melon backed by suggestions of lanolin and vanilla oak. Ripe and generous, it's slightly oily and forward, with juicy flavours of quince, pineapple and melon finishing slightly short with some awkward oak and angular acidity. It should settle down over the short term.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
87
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Traditional ripe Hunter chardonnay style with fresh acidity and nice oak.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Smart wine; melon, nectarine and fig fruit-driven, flavour with finesse; good balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91

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