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Eileen Hardy Chardonnay

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The Eileen Hardy is one of Australia's classic chardonnays. The fruit is sourced form the cooler regions of Oz, and this version hails from Tasmania and the Yarra Valley. This is a rich, stone fruity number that shows lots of grapefruits, roasted nuts and honeysuckle florals in the mix. The palate is more medium-bodied and sashays across the tongue with spicy fruit flavours, buttered toast and a lick of smokiness before heading to a bright, citrusy finish. This is one for the long-haul, and would go great with rich chicken and pork dishes, or even a decadent pate.

Winemaker's Notes

Eileen Hardy Chardonnay is crafted from grapes grown in Tasmania and the Yarra Valley. The grapes were hand-picked, bunch pressed and matured in French oak barrels. As a result, the wine is rich and complex, displaying citrus lime, grapefruit spice and hazelnut with a fine, long finish and a juicy mineral acidity.

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Eileen Hardy Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright, light straw-green; the very complex bouquet, with its Burgundian funk, has been deliberately built and, for the time being, lords it over the perfectly delineated and weighted stone fruit and citrus of the palate, its future guaranteed.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
At a marathon tasting of more than 100 new releases in Tasmania recently, Eileen was the finest wine in the room. 2010 will go down among the greats.
Wine 100 Reviews, April
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
An amalgam of savoury restraint and complexity, and powerfully concentrated fruit; grapefruit, charcuterie, struck match and toasty oak all have a part to play; the palate is raw in its power, long, expansive and a take-no-prisoners approach to the variety; done impressively, and done well.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A brilliant chardonnay, with distinctive character and attitude. Evolving into a savoury, meaty and mealy style typical of its label and supported by the sheer quality of its pure, crystalline fruit, it reveals a complex, rather spicy and funky bouquet of grapefruit, lime juice and a chalky, mineral note suggestive of smoked oyster. Deeply flavoured but medium in weight, it's long and briny, with deep, vibrant fruit emphatically supported by meaty, spicy and savoury qualities, finishing with exemplary persistence and acid balance.
The Australian Wine Annual
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Controversy. As the wine world hones in on single vineyards and regions, Hardys takes cross-regional blending to new stratas of the mesosphere. But you'd never guess this was a blend, such is its seamlessly woven texture and refined elegance.
Wine Taste Special Edition 3
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
A leading edge style and a must taste. Nutty fine and savoury the stone-fruit and cashew brittle aromas lead to a fruit sweet palate with ripe juicy fruit and very fine acidity and gentle complex oak flavours. The 2009 is spectacular a very complex wine'still youthful and fresh in 2012 with obvious structure and definition to the flavour and elements to grow very graceful in maturity.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Can fairly be said to represent the state of the art of chardonnay in Australia today, without in any way diminishing the stature of single-vineyard wines such as Leeuwin Estate and Giaconda; has exceptional focus and intensity without sacrificing elegance; fruit, oak and acidity are seamless, the palate of extreme length. Three trophies Sydney Wine Show '10.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Another stunning vintage for Eileen Hardy Chardonnay, harmonising Yarra and Coal River Valley fruit with all the complexity of natural barrel ferment with solids and lees stirring. Beautifully defined white fruits of all kinds are supported by fine, layered minerality and lees-derived texture. A wine of focused definition with a glorious thread of acidity to lace it together.
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
While there is a healthy dose of toasty oak, the hedonistic levels of grapefruit, grilled cashew, sizzling bacon fat and quartz-like minerals punch through with ease; the amount of flavour is staggering given the 12.1% alcohol and the rapier-like acidity
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Nutty, and savoury, the stone fruit aromas lead to a fruit-sweet palate with fleshy ripe juicy fruit drinking now. Very complex, has absorbed the obvious oak and singing for its supper at around 4 years.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Grace and power; great depth of melon and nectarine fruits and plenty of savoury, cashew notes; very good oak matches the fruit impeccably.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Focused, seamless and harmonious, this classic contemporary New World chardonnay marries explosive fruit and beautifully integrated winemaker-derived complexity with a rare measure of style and elegance. Fragrant and waxy, with suggestions of wheatmeal, cloves and bubblegum beneath its long, sumptuous and tropical expression of grapefruit and melon-like flavour, it is neatly bound by a taut, refreshing acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The colour is a fraction more developed than expected when tasted in March '07; nectarine, grapefruit and melon set within creamy, nutty mlf and oak inputs; the length is exceptional.Tasmania/Tumbarumba.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Super-fragrant and flowery, it is fruit, rather than oak, forward, the long and intense palate with sweet citrus and nectarine fruit,plus a light web of creamy notes and fine French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Still light straw-green; amazingly delicate and fresh, the ultimate iron fist in a velvet glove; perfect balance and integration of fruit, barrel ferment, lees contact and malolactic inputs without threatening the fruit. Yarra Valley/Tas/Adelaide Hills.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
A marvellous combination of hyper-intense nectarine and citrus-tinged fruit with barrel ferment and malolactic inputs, still retaining elegance, fruit the last word.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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