2021 Paralian Bowyer Ridge Chardonnay

McLaren Vale, SA

Top shelf Adelaide Hills Chardonnay here from the McLaren Vale duo behind Paralian.




About the Wine

Both Charlie & Skye spent a vintage making wine in Burgundy over a decade ago.

Making an Australian version of Chardonnay that could scratch that White Burgundy itch had always been a dream of theirs, and it's one they've achieved right here in this wine,

They found some excellent Chardonnay from the Bowyer Ridge Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills farmed by the Rosback family. And they've put it to very good use.

It's a very tidy wine, slender but with plenty of fruit. It's gorgeous and a mighty fine release from this McLaren Vale duo.

About Paralian

Paralian is a family-based South Australia outfit, founded by Charlie Seppelt and Skye Salter.

After a combined 46 vintages both in Australia and broad, the two decided to dial their lives and professional careers into the place they both fell in love with, McLaren Vale. It's the spot that has the three things they care about: special sites, surf and sand.

They have great long-standing relationships with some of the region's top growers from their previous roles working at blue chip wineries. Those friendships are now giving them access to some phenomenal fruit.  It's the perfect foundation for them build their small artisan brand. 

Just a couple of vintages in and the critical reviews have been huge. Paralian is one of the budding wine projects to watch in McLaren Vale.

Charlie Seppelt and Skye Salter
Charlie Seppelt and Skye Salter
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From the Producer

Single Vineyard Chardonnay, fruit sourced from ‘Bowyer Ridge Vineyard’, Adelaide Hills grown by the Rosback family.

Hand-picked fruit, whole bunch pressed, the free run only was drained and fermented in French oak barrels - 33% new, majority in larger 500L puncheons. 100% wild ferment, left on lees in barrel for full malolactic fermentation while stirring regularly to build texture.

Intense and complex aromas of flint and grapefruit with stone fruit overtones. Palate wise sees layers of phenolics supported by fleshy fruit, lees complexity and streamlined acidity. There’s touches of exotic white florals, fresh yogurt and sleek oak, with a comforting almond meal line. The drive of palate is long and flavoursome, a hallmark of this vineyard.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2031
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Charlie Seppelt
Winemaker Charlie Seppelt
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Complex style of Chardonnay here with many layers and interesting things happening. It’s glossy and rich, almond and cashew, a little spice, white peach, lemon essence, firm grapefruity acidity, and a fine chalky texture. Powerful through the finish, but tight and flinty too. Flavour and savoury bits, rich but finely balanced. Excellent." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

The Real Review

"Light yellow colour. Peach nectar and nectarine aromas, a lick of oak, the palate soft and round, cuddly and easygoing, with mild acidity and a clean dry finish that concludes with a slight tannin grip and medium-length. A nice up-front chardonnay." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)


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