Across a four-month tsunami of tasting, not once did I come across a range of wines as unequivocally delicious as that from Duane Coates.
About The Wine
Duane Coates makes two different Chardonnays from his home block in Kuitpo in the Adelaide Hills, and this is simply called The Chardonnay, a release with less oak maturation and more immediate crunchy appeal.
Single vineyard wine from Duane's home block in Kuitpo, with just under 12 month in oak, with just a smattering of new barrels.
It's tense Chardonnay with great, almost piercing acidity, some stonefruit and grapefruit fruit flavours and such a lovely vibrancy.
Duane Coates has a long held passion for Australian and overseas wines.
He expanded his winemaking training with vintages in Burgundy with Chateau Demessey, the Rhone Valley with Domaine Francois Villard and the Douro Valley with the Fladgate Partnership (Taylor’s).
Exposure to European wines and winemaking has given Duane a broad perspective on techniques and wines styles. He was recently named one of Australia's newest Masters of Wine.