Chris Hill `Full Circle Oak Aged` Chardonnay 2014 (12 x 750mL), Barossa.

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I’ve made this wine in the style of the early 1980’s when we were still experimenting with Chardonnay. It’s got plenty of ripe fruit, some winemaking complexity and medium toasted oak. It has generous flavour and texture with a nice clean balance and long buttery finish.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Winery Tasting Notes


The appearance is indicative of this wine’s weight and structure. It has brilliant clarity with a deep straw colour and highlights of lemon yellow.


The bouquet shows ripe stone fruits with a subtle hint of lanolin and vanilla behind the creamy, toasty aroma of shortbread biscuits and yeasty bread dough.


The flavours on the opening palate are surprisingly mature and complex with herbs, lanolin and citrus marmalade combining to produce a dry savoury middle with a full, rounded structure and mouth-feel. The oak maturation gives a smooth rich sensation on the tongue and the finish is long and dry.

Food Matching

I’ve used new oak to add an extra dimension to the flavour which I like to match with quite rich cuisine like Chinese steamed prawn dumplings or thinly sliced abalone or crispy roast pork belly. However it’s equally at home with a simple ham sandwich and it has the backbone to handle a good belt of hot English mustard.

Cellaring Potential

I’ve made Barossa Chardonnay in this style that’s cellared for well over 10 years and still remained vibrant and lively however, there’s no requirement to put it down, the oak is in harmony and the flavours are great for enjoying now.

SA - Barossa
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Winery Profile

During vintage 2008, which was extremely hot, I was inspired to turn “Full Circle” and rediscover some of the techniques and styles from my earliest experiences of winemaking in the Barossa. Fruit was coming into the winery extremely ripe with high sugar levels and quite warm which lead to quick fermentation with wild yeast and low colour extraction. The resulting wines have lighter body weight but significantly more texture and complexity. Using older barrels has allowed the wines to integrate slowly and build a concentrated structure for longevity.

The wines have had extended barrel maturation and although minimal filtration has been applied they will only develop a very fine sediment in bottle. They can comfortably age for many years in cellar. I hope you enjoy the journey back Full Circle with my selection of traditional Australian styles.

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 skilled and 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.

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