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Kangarilla Road Chardonnay

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Here is a value chardonnay from Kangarilla Road in McLaren Vale that won’t break the bank. It's a very modern style of chardy showing lots of citrus and tropical fruits on the nose. The palate is light to medium-bodied with crisy lemon citrus, a creamy mouthfeel, light oak, and a zippy grapefruit line of acid leading to a dry finish. It's the perfect 'casual Friday' wine that's ready to enjoy.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2012 vintage was one of the most condensed seen in McLaren Vale with crushing completed by the end of March compared with the middle of April in 2011. The McLaren Vale vintage was light in crop, but of excellent quality, one of the best. Harvest weather conditions during February and March saw cool nights but warm days ideal for ripening.

Our Chardonnay is a fresh modern Australian style. Citrus driven complemented by the light use of oak with 40% of the wine fermented in new French oak Barriques. This wine was matured for around 100 days in oak with daily barrel stirring. The oak component is unobtrusive yet critical to the overall aroma and flavour texture.

Nose: Fragrant orange blossom and grapefruit aromas are complimented by lifted floral notes and spice.

Palate: The palate is full of zesty citrus oil and peel characters, with an integrated creamy mid palate texture and long fine acid minerality give this wine incredible length.

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Kangarilla Road Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
89
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Pale colour; a pleasant array of spice and stone fruit aromas; generous and rich on the palate, with quite a toasty full-flavoured finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A fresh, fruit-driven mix of stone fruit, fig and citrus; slightly simple, but has length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
Some years ago, Penfolds included a drop of McLaren Vale chardonnay in their first shot at Yattarna, the white Grange. Time has shown that may not have been their most inspired decision; but clearly they thought highly enough of the fruit to bung it in their flagship white. Those who see the Vales as purely red territory need to recalibrate. This may not challenge Leeuwin Estate but it is full of flavour. One for those that don't mind oak
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2007 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Lively, tangy citrussy aromas and flavours; ultra-subtle oak; good length and style.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
82
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; a light, crisp and citrussy bouquet precisely matches the lively nectarine and citrus-flavoured palate. Thirty per cent of the wine is in fact barrel-fermented, but the oak contribution goes more to texture than to flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
84

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