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It can be difficult to find classy, good value Chardonnay in the Adelaide Hills these days. Thankfully, the folks at The Lane Vineyards are still striving to produce a wine that fits that MO. The Block 1A Chardonnay is made in a low-oak, clean, crisp style: a versatile and vibrant version of the variety. Mike Bennie was well impressed with the 2016 release, saying "A chardonnay from a well-loved wine producer, from the Adelaide Hills, for $20? Well, don’t mind if we do." A wine that ticks a lot of the right boxes for those who want quality Chardonnay at a price they can drink any night of the week.
What it Tastes Like
"Pure scented, easy drinking white wine of stone fruit and faint melon-y goodness. It’s fresh, alert and refreshing. It’s got a touch of creaminess and gentle sweetness for broad appeal. It finishes with some crispness and zesty citrussy acidity. It ticks plenty of boxes. Good buying." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
89 points. "A chardonnay from a well-loved wine producer, from the Adelaide Hills, for $20? Well, don’t mind if we do. Pure scented, easy drinking white wine of stone fruit and faint melon-y goodness. It’s fresh, alert and refreshing. It’s got a touch of creaminess and gentle sweetness for broad appeal. It finishes with some crispness and zesty citrussy acidity. It ticks plenty of boxes. Good buying." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Careful matching of each clone to their respective site ensures balance and concentration of flavours through slow, even ripening. Similarly, cool, slow ferments allow maximum extraction of these same vineyard characteristics.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
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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