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Richard Hamilton Almond Grove Chardonnay

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Made by Leconfield Wines, Richard Hamilton is believed to be the first person to have planted chardonnay in the Vale, so it is fitting that a chardy bears his name. It's a more medium-bodied, richer style that shows ripe stone fruits and toasted vanilla on the nose, whilst the palate is bright and fruity, with a decent lick of oak, a creamy mouthfeel, and some welcome citrusy acidity punching through to crean up the dry, decent finish. Chook stuffed with sage and almonds would be the bomb with this over the next 5 years.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Medium straw with attractive green tints.

Nose: Full ripe peach nose complexed with an elegant nutty vanilla influence from French oak.

Palate: This is a restrained, medium bodied style with a persistent flavour finishing with a soft acidity. Flavours are in the spectrum of nectarine and peach.

Food: An excellent companion for poultry, seafood or pasta.

Cellaring: The wine should drink well over the next 3-5 years. Expect the colour to show more golden tints in four or so years and the nose and palate to develop attractive French toast flavours.

Alcohol: 13%

Winemaking: We promote dappled light in our vineyards to provide slower ripening and less exposure to direct sunlight to ensure the berries are fresh and crisp. 2014 provided moderate yields of 5-7 tonnes/ha. The free run juice was cold settled before fermentation with French oak and the resulting wine was kept on lees to promote length and creaminess and allowed to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. On final blending, the wine received a light fining while stabilising and was bottled in early November 2014.

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Richard Hamilton Almond Grove Chardonnay

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WINESTATE (2012 Vintage) says
Fleshy soft melon-like varietal fruit, cedary ok and firm acidity makes for a very more-ish wine according to one judge.
July/Aug Winestate 2013

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