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Windowrie Estate The Mill Chardonnay

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The Chardonnay renaissance is no way near dwindling and we are buoyed by the constant demand for this variety, proving it never went out of fashion but it has changed its colours. This is from Cowra, one of the best regions in NSW for Chardonnay and it displays aromas of nectarine and citrus with some subtle oak integration. The medium bodied palate shows vibrant peach and pear, while the oak adds weight and texture before a clean acid finish.

Winemaker's Notes

This regional Chardonnay displays a classic pale straw colour with youthful and fresh green hues. The lifted, appealing aroma is reminiscent of nectarine complimented with a touch of vanilla oak spice. The palate is generous, yet medium bodied, with pears and white peach dominant flavours. The modern Chardonnay is a perfect compliment to light meals and should be shared with family and friends.

The first Chardonnay vines were planted in the early 1970's. It was winemaker Brian Crosier of Petaluma fame that bought unforseen attention to Cowra as a premium chardonnay region. It was not long after in the early 1980's that the larger wine companies from the Hunter Vally wanted some of this famed fruit for their respective labels. These companies included Arrowfiled, Orlando and Rothbury Estate. Cowra Chardonnay won acclaim internationally in the US and the UK.

Some say it is the 2025 hours of sunlight that is responsible for the beautifully balanced ripening of chardonnay fruit, while others believe it is the rich loam soil and plentiful supply of water from the lachlan valley. What almost all wine connoisseurs agree upon is that chardonnay is one of the best varieties to match with an extensive range of foods.

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Windowrie Estate The Mill Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Spicy/herbal nose with slight funky notes. Lively in the mouth, with complex, savoury flavours.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A restrained style, with melon and peach fruit supported by subtle oak; good balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Generously flavoured and upholstered, although not much finesse; honest varietal fruit and balanced oak
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Attractive peach and melon fruit, with a touch of citrussy acidity to lengthen the palate; subliminal oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Clean and fresh; nicely balanced nectarine, peach and subliminal oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the melon and stone fruit of the bouquet has a subtle hint of oak in the background; the palate provides a replay, the oak barely perceptible, the fruit tracking the bouquet.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; obvious oak (almost certainly chips) swamps the bouquet; the palate has ripe melon and banana fruit, and the oak is less heavy-handed
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001

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