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Hugo Unwooded Chardonnay

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Is too much wood not so good? Well it depends on the drinker and how much they like Chardonnay that’s received oak treatment or not. This version from Hugo’s wines in McLaren Vale is completely unwooded, which means it’s all about the fruit. Perfect with salads or spicy Asian dishes, it exudes honey and melon fruit before a vibrant palate of pear and citrus.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Brilliant, pale straw with a tinge of lemon

Bouquet: Clean, citrus, stone fruit, green melon and honeysuckle with a hint of white pepper

Palate: Fresh, clean with lifted fruit flavours of white peach, lemon citrus, melon and green bean with some exciting developed creamy accents. A small portion of this wine has had some oak maturation with the majority fermented in stainless steel to highlight the balance of freshness with an element of complexity, making for increased food pairing options. Drinking well and will continue to develop

Serve with: Chickpea and summer vegetable salad, poached trout with cucumber yoghurt salad or roast chicken, walnut and grape salad with blue cheese dressing.

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Hugo Unwooded Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Straight forward value for the price with peachy ripe fruit and a fleshy varietal palate structure to match.
2012
Rob Geddes MW
86
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Peachy, ripe with varietal palate structure to match.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
85
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Peachy, ripe varietal palate with structure to match.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
85
Peter Forrestal (2008 Vintage) says
An unpretentious McLaren Vale chardonnay that is fragrantly floral with bright, juicy sweet pea and tropical fruit characters. As one of the panel commented, 'It's got lots of flavour
Quaff 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Subtle melon nose and lovely delicate, soft palate with some very bracing acidity.
Winestate 2009
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Extremely attractive floral/white peach bouquet and a young, fresh, lively palate. All it needs is time to ´grow.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
84
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2000 Vintage) says
This wine, from small McLaren Vale producer Hugo Wines, is very much in the light, fresh, uncomplicated style of unwooded chardonnay. It's very crisp, very refreshing, very zesty, but it lacks any strongly identifiable fruit character. There is, of course, nothing necessarily wrong with that—sometimes all you want is a glass of crisp, dry white wine, and you can't be bothered having to negotiate with too much flavour. If so, try this.
Quaff 2001 2000
Rob Geddes MW says
Rob Geddes MW

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