Henschke `Archer's` Chardonnay 2013 (6 x 750mL), Adelaide Hills, SA.

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Overview

The Archer’s chardonnay vineyard, planted in the mid-1980s, has been named as a tribute to Alan and Mary Archer of Lenswood and is located high in the central cool-climate Adelaide Hills. The property had previously belonged to Alan and Mary Archer who ran The Chesser Cellar, a dining institution in Adelaide for many years. Alan had previously sold my father Cyril’s wine in Adelaide and became a well-loved ‘mine host’ at the Chesser. Mary loved to grow her own vegetables for the restaurant in her well tended garden on the farm at Lenswood. The ancient well-drained sandy loam soils derived from a sedimentary shale bedrock ensure naturally low-yielding vines and concentrated fruit flavours. All fruit is handpicked from individual blocks and fermented separately and lees aged in oak barrels. The cool-climate Adelaide Hills provides purity of fruit, beautiful acidity, length of flavour and great ageing potential.

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

New to the Henschke range. Adelaide Hills. Grown on Tim Knappstein’s old vineyard, now in Henschke hands. It adjoins the Henschke Lenswood vineyard. This vineyard was originally planted by the Archer family, hence the name. Beautiful country up there in them Lenswood hills. Pale straw green. Juicy, effusive, refreshing style. Pear, grapefruit, woodsmoke and chalk/mineral. Looks immensely comfortable in its skin. Fresh and delicious. Yes please, another glass, don’t mind if I do. Highly recommended. Rating 92+ , Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front (FEB/2014)

The vineyard was planted in the mid-'80s, the vines now mature and among the older plantings in the Hills, and one of the higher altitude plantings. Bright straw-green; melon, grapefruit, apple and nectarine are all somewhere in the mix, none dominant; the watchword is elegance, particularly with the subtle use of barrel ferment oak inputs; citrussy acidity brings things to a conclusion. Rating 92 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2014)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Pale straw with green hues.

Aroma

Intense, lifted aromas of fragrant stone-fruits, custard apple, melon and citrus blossom with underlying hints of pear skin, clove, nougat and cashews.

Palate

The sweet and richly fruited palate is soft and focused with ripe pear skin flavours and supported by a luscious and creamy texture and deliciously fine acidity.

Cellaring

Excellent vintage, 10+ years (from vintage).

Vintage
2013
Region
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.5%

Winery Profile

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Henschke is one of the longest established family names in the Barossa and the Australian wine industry. Johann Christian Henschke first planted vines in Keyneton in 1861, producing his first commercial vintage in 1868.

The tradition of quality winemaking has passed down through the generations – today seeing Stephen Henschke and his wife, Prue, as winemaker and viticulturist respectively.

Awarded "International Red Winemaker of the Year" in 1996 at the London Wine Show, Stephen and Prue were in 2006, awarded Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine's "Winemaker of the Year" in recognition of winemaking excellence in both red and white wines. These Awards recognise the consistent and continuing success of this remarkable couple.

Prue has, for the last 18 years, explored and now employs both organic and biodynamic strategies to maximise the potential for the fruit from these unique vineyards to fully express their individual terroirs.

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