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Ferngrove Orchid Diamond Chardonnay

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Ferngrove have made a beauty of a wine with this chardy, and what's more is that it totally delivers more than the price-point suggests.

Winemaker's Notes

The early season growing conditions were indicative of a long, dry and warm Indian summer. The onset of vintage on the 18th of February in Frankland River, was exactly the same start day as 2013 and almost on a par to the warm 2007 vintage. Fortunately in Frankland River, the cooling influence of southerly breezes allows for quick cooling of the soils and the vines by mid-evening. The grapes were harvested in the early morning, and crushed ever so gently to the press. Free run juice was drained and settled overnight before fermentation in a range of new and one year old French oak. Partial wild fermentation and lees stirring following fermentation assisted with texture and mouthfeel. The wine is then bottled after 9 months maturation in oak.

Appearance: Light straw with a green tinge

Nose: Aromatic and complex lemon zest, pear skin and pink grapefruit in harmony with complex toasty French oak and toasted nuts.

Palate: Piercing grapefruit, lime and pear with a creamy texture and vanilla French oak with lingering mineral acidity. Medium-bodied white wine.

Food: Enjoy with prosciutto-wrapped Figs.

Cellaring: Will benefit from careful cellaring for up to 8 years.

Alcohol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

Ferngrove Orchid Diamond Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2013 Vintage) says
90
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
Layers fragrant citrus and stone fruit with cinnamon and spice and toasted new oak. In the mouth it's long with good extract and fresh acid, and a lot of additions but no malo, making for a well built wine. Needs another year and it will round out into a powerful deep wine.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
91
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
An unctuous, full-on chardonnay that despite its lusciousness and depth retains elegance and balance. Its voluminous aromas of peach, grapefruit and melon are tightly knit with creamy, nutty and smoky oak, with a suggestion of bathpowder. Its powerful, viscous palate is deeply fruited and assertively oaked, revealing plenty of reductive mineral complexity and excellent length of flavour.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014
93
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Very elegant, measured and complete, with a lightly smoky, toasty and tightly integrated bouquet of fresh white flowers, ruby grapefruit, lime juice and tropical fruits knit with spicy vanilla oak. It's long, fine and seamless, measuring out an even, intense presence of bright fruit, matchstick oak and a fine chalkiness, finishing smooth and savoury.
2016-2018+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; an elegant and pure wine, with considerable drive and length to its palate; you would never guess half the must had been given skin contact or that 100% of the wine was barrel-fermented in new French oak from a variety of coopers. Should be long-lived.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
2011-2014+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
The oak adds sweetness and texture to the citrus pear and stone fruit regional character building a slippery lively style.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Sourced from their isolated Frankland River posting, this has bright lifted fragrance, really pristine, some orange oil, ripe melon fruits and cashew nuts. The palate is supple and swirling, rich not thick, decent fruit drive and custard spices to finish. They've used the oak to good effect, creating a richer opulent style.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Elegant, carefully crafted wine; nectarine and melon fruit is supported by some creamy cashew notes and perfectly integrated French oak; carries its alcohol without demur
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
The oak adds sweetness and texture to the citrus, pear and stone fruit regional character building a slippery, lively style.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Tightly focused grapefruit and nectarine has swallowed up the French oak; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91
Ken Gargett (2006 Vintage) says
This is another floral tribute from the Ferngrove people. There are estimated to be more than 30,000 different orchids, including the recently discovered and foul-smelling bog orchid of Yosemite, which is unlikely to be a big seller for Mother's Day. This chardy, however, deserves to be a big seller on any day. It shows the benefit of a winemaker prepared to let the fruit express itself and interfere only to point it in the right direction.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
92
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
The oak adds sweetness and texture to the citrus, pear and stone fruit regional character building a slippery, lively style.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A complex wine with a multitude of winemaker inputs which don't overwhelm the fruit; very good balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94

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