2017 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

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Adelaide Hills
Bottle size
750 mL

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A limited release chardonnay from fruit chosen off the Chapel Valley block adjacent the old cemetery. The long-demolished chapel is remembered onsite by a miniature replica and now, this single vineyard chardonnay. Ferment was sparked by indigenous yeasts and the wine aged in Burgundian oak both old and new for eight months. Just 100 dozen made.

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"Stephen George/Ashton Hills used to grow and produce chardonnay but, other than riesling, the estate is now a dedicated pinot noir site. As it should be. That said, a chardonnay does of course sit comfortably and naturally within the ‘portfolio’ and so new-ish owners Wirra Wirra sourced some chardonnay from the Chapel Valley block adjacent to the old cemetery, in the Piccadilly Valley, fermented it wild, popped it into French oak and voila. 100 dozen made. More or less cellar door only. It’s a delightful expression of both the variety and of the valley. It has flesh, it has flavour, it has a kick to the finish. And yet it remains elegant. Grapefruit notes, slightly tart, mix with nectarine, lime and peach. A spicy, flinty character spins it all together. It’s needs another couple of years in bottle to really show its best. But it has class written all over it."

Campbell Mattinson
The Wine Front - Professional


“…this is a mellow and pacifying Chardonnay to sniff, all musky melons, buttery, creamy pears and mace. It lived in new and old Burgundy barrels for eight months
before assemblage; a judicious, unobtrusive oak interaction which has added subtle, perfectly appropriate spices… The texture and flavours are precisely what the smooth tropical fruits in that bouquet signalled: the modest viscosity and clean, fresh, jungle juice all adds up to a very sensible, utterly satisfying, predictably
comforting glass of everything’s gonna be all right now, especially with a rare snapper steak and capers or a gentle yellow carp curry with silver service on a good starched linen table cloth…"

Philip White
InDaily - Professional

"A small run as this is reintroduced to the range. Nice and bright nectarines, spicy oak and discreet, smoky complexity. A succulent palate with grapefruit citrus and good acid. A smooth, punchy and bright dry style. Grilled hazelnut nougat, too. Screw cap. Drink now."

Nick Stock
JamesSuckling.com - Professional


"Better known for its pinot noir, Ashton Hills, now under the auspices of Wirra Wirra, has tapped into the Piccadilly Valley’s other fine grape asset here, specifically from a small vineyard mid-valley and delicately rendered via wild yeast ferment and eight months in old and new French barrels to define a purity and precise balance between subtle acidity and oak creaminess. Flavourwise there’s apple yeast bun and white nectarine, typical of the region — a real treat. It’s in tiny volume so visit the cellar door. Best with: White cheeses."

Tony Love
The Advertiser, Top 100 List - Professional


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