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Songlines Estates Bylines Hunter Valley Chardonnay

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This is not one of those wimpy, new age Chardonnays with more acid than you can poke a stick at. Rather it is big and bold with creamy oak – the type of wine you would swig while lounging in your flannel shirt watching 'The Man from Snowy River'. Proper Australian Chardonnay.

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Winemaker's Notes

It has a generous round structure and ripe fruit with a cashew like understated oak complexity. The wine is influenced by the ripeness of the vintage with subtle tropical fruit giving generosity to the nose, and palate with lees age providing a creamy note, all building to give this wine a well structured palate with a finish balanced by fresh acidity.

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Songlines Estates Bylines Hunter Valley Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep colour; straw, fig, peach, spice and a little lemon butter are all framed by a fair dose of oak; quite rich and dense, the wine pulls back from the precipice of heavy, and finishes with attractive straw and fig flavours.
2015
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light, bright colour; light, clean and fresh palate, with some barrel ferment and stone fruit flavours, but neither complex nor long.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Strong sulphide complexity dominates the bouquet, and the palate is a little hard and unyielding; a complex style; the price tag is daunting.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A full-bodied wine with ripe fruit and generous French oak; lots of flavour in a somewhat old-fashioned style.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Very developed, although the colour change is to green-yellow, rather than straw-brown; broad peachy fruit seems overworked, although some acidity on the finish helps. Either the price is wrong, or I am, or this is a case of sporadic oxidation.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88

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