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Henschke Lenswood Croft Chardonnay

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This is a fuller style of chardy that has seen a bit of classy French oak. Smells of apples, white stone fruits, citrus and subtle florals decorate the nose, whilst the palate is medium-bodied, rounded and quite fruity, with a nice hit of nutty oak, brisk lemony acidity, and a lush, creamy finish. Great with roast chicken.

Winemaker's Notes

Gold in colour. Fragrant aromas of pear, melon and white nectarine are supported by clove and honeysuckle with a subtle hint of cashew. The rich, complex palate shows concentrated primary flavours of pear skin, melon, stone-fruit and cloves, with a creamy texture and a beautiful line of crisp acidity providing a long and silky finish.

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Henschke Lenswood Croft Chardonnay

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Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Stylish and contemporary, with a lightly waxy bouquet of peach, Melon and grapefruit with restrained vanilla oak lifted by an alluring note of white flowers.It's smooth and gentle,long and elegant,with a persistent, creamy core of melon, peach and custard-like regional chardonnay flavour wrapped up and focused by a fresh, racy acidity.It has the length and balance to cellar well.
2017-2020
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A modern chardonnay with a softness and a smooth, oakiness but an ultra-light presence of melon and cashew-like fruit. Lean and polished, with spicy clove/vanilla oak and creamy leesy undertones, it's very shy and ethereal, lacking sufficient emphasis and expression of flavour for a higher rating.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A fine-boned and structured wine, with a pleasing savoury grip to the finish; in between, as it were; there are flavours of grapefruit, green apple and white peach on the long, even palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This wine has been on a handy trajectory towards greater complexity and composure. The '09 vintage shows restrained fruit presence - peach and pear - layered up with plenty of winemaking complexity, peach custard and spicy oak. The palate's smooth, really gliding through on nice, ripe fruits; there's gentle grip, the oak is in place and there's a neat compromise between freshness and complex richness. Toasty finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Whole bunch pressed, wild yeast fermented and no mlf; fine, intense grapefruit and stone fruit; has a strong minerally streak, oak a minor player in a very pure wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
A complex grapefruit pith and nectarine nose that has character and interest galore, with a gentle tropical edge here. Pretty ripe through the palate, plenty of weight and shows the potential of this vineyard in spite of vintage.
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A complex grapefruit pith and nectarine nose that has character and interest galore, with a gentle tropical edge here. Pretty ripe through the palate, plenty of weight and shows the potential of this vineyard in spite of vintage
WBM Wine 100, 2008 2008
92
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A stylish, youthful wine of genuine regionality. Dusted with spicy notes of cloves and cinnamon, its waxy bouquet of apple, peach and pear reveals nuances of wheatmeal, white flowers, grilled nuts and custard. Long and elegant, its gentle, supple and savoury palate of restrained but brightly lit fruit is punctuated by soft, lively acids and a lingering hint of oak.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A fresh and focused chardonnay whose light aromas of white peach, apricot and cashew reveal undertones of I clove, vanilla and slightly dusty oak. It's restrained and elegant, with a pleasing length of tangy fruit and crisp acidity that finishes with just a hint of greenish fruit and a slightly raw edge. Likely to flesh out with time, it should retain its brightness and delicacy.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
91
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
This is the full bells and whistles Henschke chardonnay and it's worked into impressive shape in the winery. Ripe peach aromas are dressed in French oak spice and creamy winemaking influence. The palate's rolled up into a ripe crisp ball of stone fruit flavour, finishes clean and fresh.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Has started to build complexity, with layers of fig, nectarine and white peach interwoven with high-quality barrel-ferment oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Slightly cooked and brassy, this rather old-fashioned chardonnay reveals creamy, lightly smoky and quite floral aromas of fresh lemon and melon. It's smooth and forward, rather candied and funky, with plenty of sweet and slightly toasty oak to support its modest fruit. It finishes with clean acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Gentle nectarine, white peach and French oak all coalesce on the medium-bodied palate; nice touch of minerality on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Generously flavoured with a slightly minerally expression of grapefruit, honeydew melon and stone-fruit, this round and juicy chardonnay shows an improved measure of oak integration and balance over previous Henschke Chardonnays. There's some creamy dusty and smoky complexity and some buttery oak beneath its ripe aromas, while the rich, barrel-fermented palate culminates in a lingering, nutty and savoury finish with a persistent core of limey fruit. Wrapped in soft acids, It's a fraction spirity and lacks the complexity for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fragrant stone fruit and a touch of citrus; gentle barrel ferment inputs to the bouquet and palate; fine and elegant mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Nutty aromas of citrus, green cashews, light vanilla oak and creamy lees-derived influences precede a palate that begins with some forward richness and fattiness, but then fades towards a lean finish enlivened by lemon/vanilla oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Elegant, fragrant fig, melon and citrus; cashew/creamy bolt-ons to the long palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; the bouquet is nutty, and rather oaky, but on the palate, ripe fig and melon fruit asserts itself; good length and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a quite fragrant bouquet with tangy melon, fig and citrus fruits supported by subtle oak. The flavour builds progressively towards the back of the palate with some evidence of botrytis which does not detract unduly from the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
87

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