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It can be difficult for the Chardonnay lover to find a good daily drinking option. Many Chardonnay, if made well, can become cost prohibitive for casual mid-week drinking, but that's not the case with the 2016 Mike Press Chardonnay. Made from fruit grown on the Mike Press vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, while there's no oak influence on this wine, it manages to capture the essence of the variety perfectly. James Halliday chose this as one of his Top 100 Wines for 2016 and at this price, is unbeatable value.
What it Tastes Like
"At this price it is inconceivable the wine should have inhabited a barrel no matter how old, but there is a savoury bite adding texture to the palate - some skin contact perhaps. Press once again achieves the impossible: watching the vines from his kitchen window may be part of the riddle for this estate-grown wine." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
89 points & Top 100 Wines of 2016 "At this price it is inconceivable the wine should have inhabited a barrel no matter how old, but there is a savoury bite adding texture to the palate - some skin contact perhaps. Press once again achieves the impossible: watching the vines from his kitchen window may be part of the riddle for this estate-grown wine." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Mike Press single vineyard at Lobethal in Adelaide Hills. The grapes are harvested early morning when the temperature is cool. Then picked and cold fermented to capture all the natural fruit aromas and tastes. Unwooded.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2018
About the Producer
With nearly half a century worth of experience in the Australian wine industry under his belt, Mike Press’ wines are right at the head of the pack of Australia’s best value wines. Mike produces stylish and flavour-packed wines from classic Adelaide Hills varieties like Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and rarely misses a beat. One of the absolute bargain producers in all of Australia.
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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