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Chapel Hill Chardonnay

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Chapel Hill were one of the first Australian wineries to make an unwooded Chardonnay, which spawned a spate of imitations. Well, they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so Chapel Hill must have been doing the right thing byappealing to a host of people who were bored of over-oaked Chardonnays. This is focussed on the fruit, combining the best of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, it’s textured and focussed, driven by citrus and balanced by perfectly formed natural acids.

Winemaker's Notes

Chapel Hill was an early champion of the unwooded chardonnay style in South Australia. Now the wine has a smidgeon of oak, but its well-hidden. Its all about succulent peach and fruit salad characters, lightish medium body, easy texture, dry finish.

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Chapel Hill Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Chapel Hill Unwooded Chardonnay has completed its evolution, pepped up with a touch of French oak. The craftsmanship has never been more finely-tuned, and the focus remains resolutely on its vibrant, zesty, crunchy grapefruit and lemon character. Leesy texture draws out the finish long and linear.
2013-2014
Wine Taste Edition 122
91
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Stylish and smooth, this elegant and unusually perfumed young chardonnay has a floral and spicy scent of white peach, pear and green apple skin. It's round and juicy, with a long, brightly lit presence of creamy melon and apple-like fruit rolling down towards a dry, nutty and savoury finish punctuated by a soft, gentle acidity.
2014-2017
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
The perfect emergency wine to keep in the fridge, this is a versatile style with a crisp structure reminiscent of a young, cool climate aromatic white, but the depth of back-palate to partner with a wide range of white meats. It's a zesty, citrus-driven wine with clean grapefruit and lemongrass flavours and a crisp, dry finish. Great value.
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Anyone who can make unwooded Australian chardonnay taste this good is certainly gifted. It's fresh, spicy and floral, with a piercingly intense lemony presence through its aroma and its vibrant, juicy palate of white peach flavour. Its mouthfeel and texture are simply delicious, while it finishes clean and refreshing with gentle acidity and genuine length.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Has exceptional length; a fruit-driven mix of melon and citrus; pleasingly dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Fragrant, subtle barrel-ferment inputs; supple, creamy fig and cashew mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the complexity builds progressively on a bouquet with cashew, melon, fig and citrus aromas which also shape the palate; a hint of creaminess comes on the mid-palate, braced by acidity on the finish. A most unusual blend of McLaren Vale, Denmark, Great Southern and Limestone Coast grapes barrel fermented in French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
93
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; quite pronounced charry oak is matched by rich, tangy fruit on the bouquet; the palate, similarly, is well balanced, albeit powerful, with lots of depth and structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
90
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the moderately intense bouquet is clean and smooth, with nicely balanced and integrated oak. A very attractive, unforced style, with elegant fig, melon and citrus fruit, crisp acidity and just a light touch of oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
92

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