2022 Swinging Bridge Mrs Payten Chardonnay

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Delicious, full-flavoured Chardonnay from one of Orange's best producers.
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews

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The Mrs Payten Chardonnay is one of Swinging Bridges most sought after wines, as well as being a personal favourite of theirs.

Tom Ward loves to show off the potential of the Orange regions ability to produce stellar wines, and this Chardy does just that. It's a display of the high quality cool-climate fruit grown in the region, coming together in a smooth and fine drop that gives off peachiness, minerality and mouth-watering citrus.

It's one that will keep you reaching for a top-up.

"Electric intensity and a memorable wine, perhaps the finest bottling of this wine yet."
- 95 pts, Shanteh Wale (Halliday Wine Companion)

As was Mrs Payten, Tom’s grandmother, these are wines of style, elegance and finesse. This Chardonnay was first released to celebrate Armah’s 90th Birthday and was matured in tightly grained French Oak balancing its rich stone fruits and grapefruit characters. With this depth of flavour, flintiness and natural, cool climate acidity, this is a wine that will reward cellaring.
Picked from our Hill Park (Block 1,2 and 7) and Caldwell
Lane Vineyards (Block D, A and H Block). The grapes are then
chilled for 36 hours in small aerated grape bins (so as to chill
down quickly and all the way through). They are whole bunch
pressed to tank where some limited settling is undertaken for 24
hours. The juice is then racked to barrel taking a fair amount
of solids and left for wild ferment. Fermentation happens as
quick as possible and then wines are sulfured on completion of
fermentation. The barrels consist of 20% new hogsheads and
puncheons with the rest varying up to 5 years of age. They are
a mixture of French Tonneliers that are suited to Chardonnay in
Orange . They are held in barrel for 8 months and stirred every
couple of weeks initially and less frequently until the right texture
is achieved depending on the barrel.

Region: Orange, NSW
Blend: Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 12.70%
Closure: 750ml
Bottle Size:

89 Points - "Spicy notes of nutmeg mix with brioche and yellow nectarine on the nose. The palate is an alluring mix of nougat and spiced stone-fruits. It's cushioned and enlivened by a refreshing line of acidity. This has impeccable balance and is drinking nicely in its youth" - Gabrielle Poy (The Real Review)

91 Points - "It smells like Chardonnay and it’s a good thing. That is, it has all the textbook Chardonnay features and you’re happy. It’s just ripe, a touch reductive, sweet milk powder, melon, cinnamon apple and peppermint. Complete picture Chardonnay. The palate is lean, fresh and salty, crisp and slippery. Green apple and lime tart with a pinch of salt finish. This is hitting the spot. Instantly enjoyable." - Kasia Sobiesiak (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "Another smashing Mrs Payten, here in its purest form with the added vibrancy of a cool year. Grapefruit sorbet, lemon sherbet and crushed white rock. The wine slithers over the palate and flicks its tail of acidity at whiplash speed. What is left are the flavours of buttercream icing and almond meal. Electric intensity and a memorable wine, perhaps the finest bottling of this wine yet." - Shanteh Wale (Halliday Wine Companion)

Customer Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
Based on 5 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 3 Total 4 star reviews: 2 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
5 reviews
  • DH
    derek h.
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    6 months ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Decent value

    Good value for what you are paying. Nice and bright, better with some food. If you are looking for something weightier, probably not the one.

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    Emilie B.
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    2 years ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    this chardy is really fresh and juicy, I normally cant stand chards as they are too mushroomy and buttery bit this drop leaves that behind, very tasty.

  • RR
    Ros R.
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    2 years ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    One of my favourites

    Love this tasty Chardonnay.

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    Adam B.
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    3 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    My new favourite Chardonnay

    I love everything about this wine. Velvety, vanilla, oak and buttery finish. This has changed my opinion on Chardonnays forever after been turned off for years.

  • AB
    Adam B.
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    3 years ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Round finish and buttery

    This is a really easy to drink Chardonnay. I don't usually like Chardonnays but this has a complexity that can't be ignored. Beautiful buttery and oaky finish that hugs the tongue - It lingers after swallowing which is nice.

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