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In a move away from his main exploits under the Tomfoolery label, here winemaker Ben Chipman and wife Sarah tackle Adelaide Hills Chardonnay with a minimalistic attitude. This is a tightly wound package, imbued with subtle funk and pristine acid. It's a cracking Chardonnay. Full malo providing thirst-inducing texture, the balance of oak judged perfectly. Ben and Sarah made only 60 dozen, a small batch, passion project worth checking out, for sure.
What it Tastes Like
Nuts and nougat, woodspice, lemon sherbet, natural salty, savoury feel. There's a cool, unforced feel to the wine, has a sort of easy power and charisma. Tension and energy shines from the fruit. Lemon meringue pie, short crust. Pretty tight but with a soul of funk.
Sourced from the Shoenthal Block in XXX, Adelaide Hills. 100% hand harvested Batard clone, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before being run to old French barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation and ageing on gross lees in barrel for 6 months with natural cold stabilization before bottling unfined and unfiltered. 12% alcohol. 600 litres produced. Textured but super tight as well. Requires room temperature, big glasses and a little patience. Be careful not to drink it all before it opens up!
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2021
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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