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Peel Estate Chardonnay

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Cracka Review

One of the original WA wineries, Peel Estate was traditionally one of those wineries that only make full bodied wines. No mucking about here. Yet this looks lighter and fresher than it has for years, with lovely grapefruity flavours abutting rich vanillan oak. It's still full and generous but with more of a whippet like leanness than it has had in years,

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale gold.

Nose: There’s lovely fruit characters on the nose, ripe peaches, and just a whiff of vanillan oak to make it interesting. The bouquet is quite forward already and very integrated for a young Peel Chardonnay.

Palate: The mouthfeel and the wine feels quite big and weighty and the flavour extends the peachy bouquet which is accentuated by lovely fresh acid on the finish. This is quite a big Peel Chardonnay, more Aussie than French in style. The barrel fermentation process shows in the mellow complexity on the mid-palate, highlighting the integration of fruit, wood and yeast lees richness.

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Peel Estate Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; partial barrel fermentation in French oak and extended lees fermentation has worked very well, for the wine has a zesty freshness and drive to its stone fruit and grapefruit palate; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Pale straw; an elegant light- to medium-bodied chardonnay; 5 years ago Peel Estate would have had little or no hope of buying Margaret River chardonnay grapes, but things have changed radically since then. The fruit is not particularly great, its potential maximised by sensitive winemaking.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
A slightly tighter and more reserved Chardonnay than some previous wines fromÊ Peel. It's all the better for it. Loses nothing in intensity and richness on the palate. More that the tight oak and fine acid plays a more controlling hand to carry the length and profile.Ê
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; partial barrel fermentation was the correct response to the sotto voce fruit aroma and flavour; the result is a well-balanced wine that carries its alcohol well.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Drink on release and you get a balanced, mature chardonnay.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
84
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
This continues to subtle restrained chardonnay style that started a few years ago. The partial barrel fermentation works well with extended lees contact with French oak. It has a restrained long palate with fine acid and a string minerally thread. An impressive leaner style wine. Released late 2009.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
88
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Soft, peachy fruit is supported by a subde infusion of oak; medium-bodied and ready soon.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Well made; grapefruit, melon and plenty of toasty oak; the creamy texture is cleaned up with vibrant acidity, and the finish is complex, nutty and long.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Drink on release and you get a balanced, mature chardonnay.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
84
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
A more restrained and subtle Chardonnay than normally delivered by Peel and I like it. The partial barrel fermentation works well but the thing is the fruit, which is intense and bursting with life. It's all been well harnessed into a composed package.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
An attractive wine with an abundance of melon/peach/ stone fruit; subtle oak; good acidity and length. Partial barrel fermentation.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Light to medium-bodied; melon and fig fruit; a gentle touch of barrel ferment; good length, structure and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Complex nutty, oaky aromas; powerful deep and long palate; cashew, fig and stone fruit. Wet cork disregarded.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet has some complexity, with attractive lees-contact aromas. The palate, likewise, has good mouthfeel and length, with ripe peach and nectarine fruit; gentle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
86

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