2017 Cooke Brothers Schoenthal Vineyard Chardonnay

Single site Chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills.

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This is a new partnership between three brothers, Simon, Jason and Ben Cooke. 

Ben, the youngest of the three, has an extensive background in wine, working as everything from a retailer to an assistant winemaker at Shaw + Smith for almost a decade and even vintages overseas at the famed Williams Selyem winery in California.

After starting his own viticultural consulting business in 2012, Ben now produces small batches of wine from the vineyards he manages around the Adelaide Hills. It's fair to say he's hit the ground running.

This is a lovely cool-climate Chardonnay which shows great balance of ripe, cool fruit character and subtle creamy oak. A cracking release which has received rave reviews from both James Halliday and Mike Bennie. A great place to start if you're looking to get familiar with this new SA producer.

This wine was grown by Ben Cooke.

Narrow row spacing for increased vine density and Bernard clone 76.

Handpicked 24th March. Whole bunch pressed straight to 500L french oak Puncheons. Barrel fermented with indigenous yeast. Stirred often. 9 months on lees. Bottled 12th December 2017. 2174 bottles produced.

94 Points - "Bernard clone 76, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in French puncheons (33% new), matured for 9 months. Altogether elegant, its perfect balance evident through every facet of the wine. The fruit flavours are poised between citrus and stone fruit, alcohol pleasingly low, the acidity soft, but sufficient (no mlf?), and the new oak absorbed by the fruit. A little too perfect? Harsh." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

93 Points - "Pretty perfume, green apple, fresh stone fruit, whiff of nougat/yeasty notes, charming in its subtle nature and yet complexity. Cool and even in the palate, refreshing acidity, well meshed more delicate style with fine minerally complexity. Mouthwatering and refreshing. Done well here." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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