2022 Patrick Sullivan Ada River Chardonnay

Highly Rated
Wonderfully subtle, gentle, flowing Chardonnay. A delicate joy from Patrick Sullivan.

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Pat Sullivan has released a group of single-vineyard Chardonnays from his Baw Baw Shire stronghold in Gippsland, to go alongside his lovely vineyard blends.

The Ada River Chardonnay (actually from a vineyard called Manilla) was a revelation of style, as far from a big Gippsland beast as you could get. It's so fluid, textured but lean, with great acid drive, citrus power and a very slight mealiness.

A great sign for the growing maturity of Pat Sullivan as a truly serious, marvel of a winemaker. Stellar stuff, and seriously good.

The fruit is hand harvested into 15kg baskets and transferred to the winery. The fruit is whole cluster crushed into the press and drained off into tank for settling. Primary fermentation takes place in barrique (30% new) over 3 weeks followed by complete malolactic fermentation. Lees
stirring occurs twice towards the end of primary fermentation then once more at the completion of malolactic fermentation.
Peach and citrus with deep length and minerality.

Region: Gippsland, VIC
Blend: Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 13.50%
Closure: 750ml
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97 Points - "Light yellow hue; buttery, smoky, candle-snuff and cashew with background stone fruits, lemon-juice as well, the palate bright and lively with invigorating acidity and riveting intensity, lingering long after the wine has exited. A very fine chardonnay indeed, with a great acid line. (200 cases produced)" - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Patrick Sullivan

The wild-haired Patrick Sullivan is a farmer first, a winemaker second.

His pride and joy is his vineyard in the Strezleki Ranges in the Gippsland G.I. of Victoria. On this plot of land, Pat farms with organic principals alongside Bill Downie, one of the most revolutionary winemakers of his generation.

Bill takes the Pinot Noir from the vineyard, Pat takes the Chardonnay. The Chardonnay wines emerging from his cellar are some of the most exciting in the country. Addicted to volcanic soils and the power and energy that those soils bring to Chardonnay, Pat is amassing a formidable stable of Chardonnays that articulate a small slice of Australia's ancient terroir.

The wines are un-tinkered with, fermented in neutral vessels with little or no sulphur and are made to express their special site and the vagaries of vintage. In Pat's words, "The wines are inspired by emotion, a moment in time and a sense of place."

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