2021 Les Fruits Collines Chardonnay

Crunchy, savoury Chardonnay from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills with oxidative handling, creamy mouthfeel and crackling acidity.

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Unfined and unfiltered Chardonnay from both McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hilsl (which are pretty much next door to each other).

Wild fermented in barrel with a bit of oxidative handling which gives the crisp citrus fruit characters a spicy, creamy element.

Sits beautifully in the spot between classic Chardonnay and more lo-fi natural wines.

Two thirds McLaren Vale Chardonnay from Top Range high above the Vale on the border with the Adelaide Hills GI, with the balance early picked Piccadilly Valley fruit. Naturally fermented and aged in the same barrels. Pale bronze straw with a softness thanks to the lack of fining and filtering. The nose reflects the colour with orchard fruits of apple, yellow apricot and peach; skins bronzed in the sun. The time in old barrel on lees has imparted background notes of cream, spice and almond meal.

Pretty much ‘same same’ to taste but perhaps the oxidative handling showing more of the bronzed (not bruised) fruit expression and layers of complexity. Early season yellow peach and orange with lightly spiced apple and almond milk wash the palate before the citrus acidity blasts out the back creating a deep throat crescendo of fresh cut apple with a squeeze of lemon. Just keeps going and going! Complex savoury Chardy in a style not seen usually at this price. 12.2%

93 Points - "Top Range chardonnay (McLaren Vale, higher bit, cooler site), and a barrel from Piccadilly in the mix too. Building complexity through clones and sites.

Sniffs of salted cashew, ripe lemon, dried citrus peel, some green apple. Has that fancy, flat Champagne feel to it, very savoury, almost oxidative in style, but with fresh acidity underlying, all minerally and saline. Kinda petit Jura vibes. Wonderful character here, lots to sink one’s teeth into and really delicious in its interesting, exciting way. Love it." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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