2021 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Cellar Door
$40.00
Case
$240.00
Varieties
Chardonnay
Vintage
2021
Country
Australia
Region
Piccadilly Valley
Alcohol
12%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2022 - 2027

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Description

This Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from the Piccadilly Valley sub-region of the Adelaide Hills, home of Ashton Hills. The Piccadilly Valley is the coldest and wettest part of the region, ideal growing conditions for Chardonnay. Ferment was sparked by indigenous yeasts and the wine matured in a combination of new and used French oak for nine months.

Nose

Lifted white peach, yellow nectarine and fresh pineapple marry with a hint of florals and spice from the French oak.

Mouth

The palate is fresh and tight, dominated by stone fruits, citrus and green melon. A bright acid profile and some textural phenolics are balanced with the subtle French oak which provides a softness and carries the flavours across the palate.

Growing Conditions

2021 was widely considered to be an excellent vintage across South Australia and the Piccadilly Valley was no exception with healthy, balanced vines producing a crop with impressive flavour and concentration. Ideal conditions at flowering allowed good fruit set and several rain periods in late January/early February ensured adequate soil moisture levels, optimum conditions for berry development. The final stages of ripening were slowed
by cool temperatures, resulting in ideal conditions for flavour development.

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Professional Reviews

“Light green-yellow hue, with an intense lemon cordial aroma, nutty overtones and the palate adds zesty citrusy acidity to the quite intense flavour. Full and bright, the finish cleansed and dried by refreshing acidity that leaves a tang on the aftertaste.”

Huon Hooke
The Real Review - Professional

91

“Keeps its slim, trim Adelaide Hills structure while giving it flesh and substance in the form of generous grapefruit, lemon zest, honeydew melon, nectarine with hints of struck flint. The finish is full of acid tension and emerging texture. Put it away for a while before
broaching."

Jeni Port
Halliday Wine Companion - Professional

93


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