Petaluma harvests chardonnay fruit from seven distinguished site vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley sub-region of the Adelaide Hills. The result is a very textured wine with lovely lingering acidity. The Piccadilly Valley has the coolest and most Burgundy like climate of South Australia with free draining, aerobic red soils over Cambrian shales. The Petaluma distinguished site vineyards are closely spaced with vertical canopies and are fastidiously managed with shoot and fruit thinning to achieve very modest crop levels of around 5 to 7 tonnes/hectare.
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
Precise and polished bouquet of grapefruit, nectarine and grilled nuts; the palate is silky and fine with tightly wound fruit, and very fine acidity; gloriously long and harmonious. Rating 96 - James Halliday Wine Companion 2010
A complex style: smoky barrel ferment and a hint of complex sulfides. The palate has delicacy, restraint and seems to be developing slowly. There’s a touch of oak firmness in its dry finish.
Rating 93 - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE April 2009
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2007 Petaluma Chardonnay is a full, rich, refined, fruit driven wine. White peach and ripe nectarine aromas and flavours are complemented by soft, gently smoky bacon nuances from the barrel fermentation.
The 2007 Petaluma Chardonnay has a lovely long acid backbone and will age very gracefully in bottle.
After a total of nine months in oak, the individual vineyard components were emptied to tank and the blend decided on. The final blend was given a light milk fining before gentle filtration to bottle in March 2008.