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Mike Press Adelaide Hills Single Vineyard Chardonnay

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Adelaide Hills is turning out brilliant chardonnay, and this unadulterated version from Mike Press would be great with shellfish or something as simple as a chicken club sandwich. This unoaked wine shows aromas of white stone fruits, grapefruity citrus and jasmine florals waft out of the glass, whilst the palate is bright, fresh and fruity, with peach and citrus flavours, zippy acidity, and a good hit of grapefruit on the long, dry finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes are harvested early morning when the temperature is cool. Then picked and cold fermented to capture all the natural fruit aromas and tastes. An unwooded chardonnay.

Appearance: Very light straw yellow.

Nose: It's mostly about grapefruit, melons, apples and nectarines and it's strongly regional.

Palate: It's refreshing and crisp but retains enough interest, minerality and complexity. There are some grassy notes on the nose and back palate.

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Mike Press Adelaide Hills Single Vineyard Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
The single vineyard in question surrounds Mike Press’s house. Light straw-green; the wine has immaculate varietal expression on the bouquet, and intense fruit on the palate, with white flesh stone fruit given length and balance by grapefruit acidity on the finish.
James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
This must be one of the most affordable single vineyard, cool climate chardonnays going. It’s just the thing to please the masses when you’re entertaining on a grand scale, because it’s packed with ripe, up-front appeal of pretty frangipane blossom, fleshy yellow peach and generous rockmelon, yet structured with the backbone and grapefruit crunch of its high altitude Adelaide Hills site. With no oak to speak of, it’s up-front, immediate and ready to pour by the carton.
Wine Taste Weekly Edition 107
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; a fresh and lively unwooded Chardonnay with an edge of all-important grapefruit to the stone fruit at the heart of the wine; no frills, simply honest value.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
It’s an almost foregone conclusion that Mike Press’ wines will walz into the Under $20 section of the Top 100. An unwooded chardonnay 'planted, nurtured and harvested right outside our kitchen window', a nice touch; the bouquet is fragrant, with citrus blossom, apple and melon, the tingling, fresh and zesty palate built on grapefruit and lively acidity running through to the fresh finish.
Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011 2011
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Superman chardonnay. Clark Kent personality of exuberant, quaffing, ripe white peach, honeydew, pink grapefruit and guava. Superman talents of honed, taut chardonnay of high altitude nerves of steel.
Wine100, December Edition 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
With no skerrick of oak to be found, there’s nothing standing between this wine and the cool, mineral elegance of its graceful Adelaide Hills site. The result is a fresh style with a crunchy finish and lemon blossom and grapefruit flavours. It has the versatility to substitute for a zesty riesling or semillon.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
An elegant chardonnay, its nectarine and melon fruit with a whisper of oak; as ever with Mike Press, comprehensively over-delivers on price.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Elegant, vibrant and supremely fresh, it runs the gamut of grapefruit, green apple, white peach and nectarine flavours with perfectly judged acidity. No oak evident, and none needed.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010

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