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David Hook Old Vines Pothana Chardonnay

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Quality Hunter Chardonnay is brilliant. While it’s not the first region you think of that produces consistently good Chardonnay it was the first region in Australia to be planted with this variety. Its complex with varietal fruit character in the citrus and peach vein, while barrel fermentation has lent it enticing notes of cashew, oak and a touch of creaminess. Stone fruit and lemon zest appear on the palate while a wisp of oak backs it all up. This is smart wine that is suited to food particularly Chicken or lobster.

Winemaker's Notes

A wine pale gold in colour with youthful green tinges. The aroma is intense with a complex bouquet of citrus and peach fruit characters. Barrel fermentation adding charred oak and cashew nut to the nose and palate. The flavours of stone fruit and lemon zest are sustained with fresh acid and toasty oak in a well structured wine.

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David Hook Old Vines Pothana Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; well made, with nectarine, white peach and melon fruit supported by subtle oak; has line and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says
This chardonnay is grown on the Pothana vineyard and also carries the words Belford Chardonnay on the font label. It's frown on 25 year old, low yielding, hand picked vines.
Love the style of this. Love drinking it too. There's some assertive, cedary, milky oak flavours/aromas at first (which I don't mind) but the longer it's opened the more oak components recede, allowing the wine's tinny, peachy, limey notes to push to the fore. Good length. Good interest. Fantastic purity.
Winefront 2010
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This Hunter chardonnay from a mature patch of vines makes a ripe and rich case with plenty of flavour, veering right through citrus, stone fruits and tropical, all the way to pineapple territory. It has plenty of flavour, and tangy acid keeps things fresh - it's really well balanced. Yet another defiantly good Hunter chardonnay!
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Nectarine and a hint of peach bouquet; medium-bodied palate with good intensity and follow-through on the creamy yet fresh finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Gently sweet stone fruit, melon and fig; supple and smooth; good length, subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fine, elegant, understated style; peach, some fig; minimal oak; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; moderately intense, smooth white peach aromas mingle with well-balanced and integrated oak on the bouquet; the palate is well constructed and balanced, with attractive creamy nuances and, once again, subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Excellent bright, light yellow-green; an understated bouquet, fresh and clean, with nectarine fruit, is followed by a delicate, well-balanced palate showing sophisticated winemaking, and developing slowly; firmer than the 2001, and with a longer life in front of it.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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