Chris Hill `Almond Grove` Chardonnay 2014 (12 x 750mL), McLaren Vale SA.

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Overview

Vibrant ripe fruit and obvious oak are the stand out characters of this rich, full bodied, dry Chardonnay. Grown in the “Almond Grove” sub-region near Aldinga this vineyard always delivers big, solid wines packed with flavour and intensity. Extended oak maturation adds an extra dimension for lovers of the woody style.

Region:
SA - McLaren Vale
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep yellow with bright gold hues.

Aroma

This Chardonnay has an intense bouquet of ripe honeydew, melon with butter cream and obvious toasty oak finishing with a nutty complexity and rich toffee caramel character.

Palate

The palate is full-bodied with gripping tannins and obvious oak intensity. The fruit is ripe and round with malo-lactic fermentation adding distinct hazelnut richness. The relatively high alcohol gives a warm, sweet sensation to the mouthfeel that adds to the creamy texture and lingers on the back palate. Vanilla spice and toasty oak combine with earthy characters to round out the finish.

Cellaring Potential

This Chardonnay is ready to drink bow and will continue to be rewarding drinking for up to another 4 - 5 years.

Food Matching

This Chardonnay should be enjoyed lightly chilled. It has the body weight and texture to handle richly flavoured meats and sauces. It's ideal with barbecue chicken, veal and pork cutlets. Or try it with spicy chicken rissoles or whole baked Barramundi marinated in lemon juice and olive oil. Serve cool but not too cold to get the fiull aroma and flavour.

Vintage
2014
Region
SA - McLaren Vale
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.9%

Winery Profile

My first winemaking experience was harvesting grapes in the Barossa Valley during vintage 1981. Long hot days were spent hand picking bunches of sweet, sticky Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and a host of other nearly forgotten varieties. At the end of each day after the last bins were tipped into the crusher, we’d meet at the weighbridge with Peter Lehmann for a bottomless glass of robust Shiraz and an inspired conversation about the new wines and vintage developments.

After three decades my day still ends with a nice glass or two of Shiraz or maybe Chardonnay but a lot has changed over that time. From a humble cellar hand plunging skins in open concrete fermenters during the 1980’s, to debating the appropriate cooperage for Hunter Shiraz with Len Evans in the 1990’s to the corporate boardrooms of giant multinationals in the 2000’s, I’m now back to making wine as an independent negociant.

Based in the heart of McLaren Vale, I’m surrounded by wonderful old vineyards and dozens of modern wineries run by talented winemakers. The joy of being a negociant winemaker is the flexibility to be able to source grapes and make wine anywhere throughout Australia. The benefit is an unlimited resource of varieties, regions, styles and skills to craft individual batches of unique wines without constraints.

My goal is to create genuine, honest wines that showcase flavour, vitality and life. Good wine should be accessible to all and be enjoyed as part of a healthy, active lifestyle with fine food, close friends and plenty of fun. I have many favourites but I believe variety is the spice of life and I enjoy discovering new flavours and stretching the boundaries of traditional winemaking.

From an old favourite to something exotic, tantalizing and new, I hope you enjoy the journey through my selection of classic Australian wines.

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