Here's yet another outstanding Chardonnay from this classy Adelaide Hills producer. The Lane's special vineyard is renowned for its elegant yet flavour-packed Chardonnay, and this is their penultimate example. While their flagship 'RG' Chardonnay is a must try if you get the opportunity, at less than half the price this wine gives you a great idea of what The Lane's unique site is all about. It's fine and chiselled in style with pure, concentrated fruit and very high quality French oak - this wine has had no expense spared. A massive 95 points from James Halliday and a wonderfully unique, modern Australian Chardonnay.
What it Tastes Like
Pure and expressive on the nose, with lemons, grapefruits, and subtle toasty notes. The palate is tight and finely boned with waves of zingy citrus fruit, gently creamy oak and mineral flavours. Powerful yet poised. Quality stuff.
95 points. "Composed entirely of Dijon clone 95, one of the very best. Fermented and matured in used (70%) and new (30%) French oak. It is a very pure and intense wine, with the distinctive clone 95 grapefruit-nuanced mouthfeel and grip; has unlimited development potential." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
APPEARANCE: Brilliant white gold with green hue BOUQUET: Gooseberry, blackcurrant, lemon thyme PALATE: Crisp and taught, gooseberry, lemon sorbet with a crystalline mineral finish ALTITUDE: 450m above sea level CLONE: Bernard 95 and 96 ASPECT: South facing SOIL: Ancient soils, mostly gravel with limestone / calcium silicates and ferrous pebbles spread throughout
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
The Lane are forging a reputation as one of the Adelaide Hills’ premier producers, and are all about quality and authenticity with every single berry grown on site at their own vineyard. Their philosophy is to craft premium single vineyard wines that combine the finesse of Europe, the flavour of Australia and the unique characteristics of their vineyard.
The Adelaide Hills may be the most energised wine region in the country. The sense of exploration and creativity amongst the tribe of talented young winemakers in this region is unparralelled. The Hills has become crucible of Australian wine talent, offering an array of varieties, from classics such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to new varieties like Nebbiolo and Grüner Veltliner for the younger generation to play with. Every vintage brings new colour and complexity to the rich wine, food and produce culture of this cool climate region.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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