29 Apr2012

Deep breath for fear of a mutiny, but McLaren Vale is not the best place in the world to make Chardy. However,  there are a few exceptions; think D’arenberg, Battle of Bosworth and Wirra Wirra and now this from Shottesbrooke. It’s from a single vineyard in McLaren Flats and was picked over two nights. Citrus,vanilla pod, peaches and cream aromas before a creamy generous palate that’s full of melon, peach and spicy cashew oak. Citrussy acids provide a clean finish and it’s got a fair whack of persistence. Good job with a variety the region tends to struggle with.

Region: McLaren Vale
Alcohol: 13%
Source: Sample

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2 Responses to “Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010”

  • Sanjay Chhabra 30/04/2012

    To further prove your point, I think d’Arenberg + Wirra Wirra have moved their chardonnay sourcing to the Adelaide Hills.

  • Wining Pom 01/05/2012

    Good point Sanjay, so that’s just taken two out of my list, which makes me look like an arse, anyway it’s rare to find great Chardy in the Vale.

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