Hill Smith Estate

Eden Valley Chardonnay

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R 314

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750 ml (Standard)


Cultivar:

100% Chardonnay

Country:

Australia

Rating:

91 Points - Robert Parker

Specifications:

13.50% alc vol Sugar g/l: N/A
Type: White Wine Cellaring Potential: 10 yrs+
Origin: Barossa Valley Appellation: Eden Valley

Tasting Notes:

Hill-Smith Estate Eden Valley Chardonnay 2013 is pale straw in colour with green tints. Aromas of fragrant citrus blossom and fresh nectarine combine with subtle hints of struck flint and savoury wild yeast complexity. The palate is creamy and textural with generous flavours of lemon curd, quince and fresh peaches. A fresh citrus acidity provides balance and restraint to the palate structure and provides a refreshing, persistent finish.

Citrus Blossom
Citrus Blossom

Nectarines
Nectarines

Flint Rocks
Flint Rocks

Peach
Peach

Over five generations the Hill-Smith family has been a pioneer in locating exceptional vineyard sites that maximise the personality of its wines. These wines celebrate the symmetry of region and variety. From vineyards in the Eden Valley, in the rugged and undulating high country of the Barossa and from the cool, steep slopes of the picturesque Adelaide Hills. The distinctive label, featuring an original painting of the vineyard by Wyndham Hill-Smith O.B.E., combines the tradition at the heart of the Hill-Smith family with the contemporary styling befitting a modern Australian classic

A drier than average winter in 2012 led to early budburst in the Eden Valley. Post veraison growing season conditions were, for the most part, dry and warm, with rainfall for the season below average. Although summer temperatures were slightly above average there were few extremes. This, combined with lower than average crops and the absence of any rain, led to a smooth, uninterrupted vintage. The resultant wines show good varietal character with slightly fuller palate weight than usual.

The finer flavours produced by these clones, in combination with the use of wild yeast fermentation, produce a more complex and elegant wine with rich creamy flavour and tangy acidity. Palate structure and texture is further enhanced through extended lees contact and regular lees stirring after completion of fermentation.

Around 60% of the blend was fermented and matured in new and 1-2 year old fine grained French barrqiues to add weight and texture, with the balance of the wine fermented in stainless steel to retain fruit freshness and vibrancy in the final blend.

Food pairing

Enjoy with mustard and white wine braised chicken with a side of steamed greens.

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