Hilary Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2019
The restrained use of oak balances the quintessential Adelaide Hills fruit character to deliver a wine that will reward with careful cellaring.
Pale straw with flashes of green
Quintessential Adelaide Hills with white nectarine, lemon curd and hazelnut aromas, and underlying mineral characters in the background
Palate shows restraint with a nougat and creamy elegance. Subtle flavours along with the typical Adelaide Hills acid line bring freshness and length
Braised chicken on the bone with mushroom and thyme
Ideal Drinking Window
Now to 2025
5th – 13th March 2019
Blocks from selected Piccadilly vineyards with their pure line and fine acid linear profile provide the backbone of this contemporary Chardonnay.
The previous winter began with unseasonably dry conditions, but June and July had above average rainfall. Despite conditions being cold early in the season, soil temperatures rose to ensure an even budburst and good development of flowers. However, unseasonably cold conditions at the beginning of flowering resulted in poor fruit set in some varieties. In addition to record temperatures in late January, the region experienced two short heatwaves, with cooler conditions between the heat spikes. This combined with a mild autumn, resulted in good flavours, albeit a small crop.
Carefully selected parcels of fruit were fermented individually in a combination of new and one year old 300L and 500L French oak barrels. Partial malolactic fermentation was used to build texture while retaining freshness. A selection of specific barrels was used to create a balanced blend.