2020 Dandelion Vineyards Twilight of the Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Vineyard: The vineyard is located in central Adelaide Hills; known for producing exceptional Chardonnay grapes. Together with first class viticulture, high altitude, good rainfall and sandy alluvial soils, this vineyard captures all we could wish for.

Season: A challenging season to say the least with a good a start to the growing season followed by unseasonably cold conditions not allowing development of vine flowers to set good fruit. Once calculated, fruit bunches were expected to be reduced up to 60%. With the ongoing dry conditions a once in a lifetime fire season destroyed many vineyards across the Adelaide Hills region. Depending on vineyard location, the cool climate altitude with cool evening breezes, allowed the white and red grapes to ripen with good flavours and high acidity.

Wine making: Whole Chardonnay bunches were carefully hand picked in the cool evenings and early mornings before small batches were de-stemmed and pressed. Free run juice was transferred into small stainless steel tanks and temperature controlled at 11-14 degrees Celsius. The juice was then transferred and finished in new French oak barrels for a total of none months.

Appearance:  Clear to pale gold.

Aroma/Bouquet: The freshest abundance of lemon zest with citrus, stone fruits and mineral notes.

Palate: A fine and taut structure of acidity with an abundance of stone fruits and obvious flavours of nectarine, mandarin peel and mineral salts just roll across your palate for a crisp and delightful long finish.

Food Pairing: Decant and enjoy best not to cold as the flavour will diminish. Creamy pasta's, risotto, matured cloth cheddar and dried fruit platters, steamed white fish with an array of fresh garden herbs.

Alcohol: 12.5%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: Now to  8+ years

Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide




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