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Stonehaven Artan Padthaway Chardonnay

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Stonehaven, the wine label, has been a bit lost in recent times, the winery passed around from owner to owner with the poor winemakers stuck in the middle. The wines, however, can be really good and this Chardonnay presents a quite convincing case - it's rather modern, nutty and complex with a fine balance of winemaking derived richness and plenty of clean acidity. Drink now as we're not sure if this wine (or even the Stonehaven brand) will be around for much longer...

Winemaker's Notes

Artan, the Gealic name for Stone, was used by the Scottish settlers to describe the unique soils of the Limestone Coast. This rich earth of South Australia is layered upon ancient fossilised limestone, which naturally provides the soil with excellent drainage balanced with perfect water retention, earning its proud reputation as a premium region for cool climate wine.

The 2011 Artan Padthaway Chardonnay provides luscious delicate aromas of white peach, melon, honeydew, citrus blossom and lime with hints of butterscotch and spice. The mouth feel of this extraordinary wine is soft with the freshness of quince, a creamy edge and hints of delicious soft fruits. The lively citrus finish is long on the palate and elegant yet complex.

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Stonehaven Artan Padthaway Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Light, bright straw-green; a highly fragrant, fruit-driven bouquet leads into a fine, long palate, with the grapefruit flavours that have always been the calling card of Padthaway, oak in balanced support.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
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