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Casa Freschi cleverly manage two vineyards to add dimension and diversity to their portfolio. Their Langhorne Creek offerings produce the structural reds (Cabernet, Shiraz, Nebbiolo), the Adelaide Hills vineyard is all about the cool climate whites. This is their flagship 2014 Chardonnay. It's classic, elegant cool-climate Chardonnay with intensely flavoured fruit backed up by quality oak. Different styles of Chardonnay notoriously fall in and out of vogue but balanced, glorious Chardonnay like this, as James Halliday observed in his 96 point review, "will never go out of fashion." The Hills can produce dynamite fruit when on song, and with the yields down and quality up in a vintage like 2014, the result can be a beautiful thing.
What it Tastes Like
"Yields were down 66%. What there is of the wine is smashingly good; put it in your mouth and it's like bugles on Anzac Day, the fruit singing proud and clear, the oak sure of its role, the trail of flavour out through the finish an enduring reminder. It's stunning in a way that will never go out of fashion." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
96 points. "Yields were down 66%. What there is of the wine is smashingly good; put it in your mouth and it's like bugles on Anzac Day, the fruit singing proud and clear, the oak sure of its role, the trail of flavour out through the finish an enduring reminder. It's stunning in a way that will never go out of fashion." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
100% single vineyard located amongst the highest (560m-580m altitude), steepest and coolest slopes near Mt Lofty in the Adelaide Hills. In 2004, 1.6 Hectares was planted at high density (8000 vines/Ha) to a selection of the highest quality Burgundy clones and a small percentage of Mendoza clone. The chardonnay is grown on a steep, north-facing amphitheatre, with well-drained ancient rocky soils comprising of a mosaic of shale, quartz, sandstone, ironstone and silt. Wild fermentation. 100% of the wine was barrel fermented in seasoned French oak barriques and aged on its yeast lees for 10 months, 55% underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was left on its yeast lees for a total of 10 months without batonnage. It was allowed to clarify and stabilise naturally without fining, and filtered before bottling.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
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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