2021 Reserve Chardonnay

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Piccadilly Valley
Bottle size
750 mL

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A limited release chardonnay 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.


Initially a restrained nose, it opens to a harmonious mix of white peach and florals. There’s a hint of sea spray and reduction that is wrapped in fine French oak.


Glimpses of white peach, Jasmin and lemon curd feature on the palate. The feature of this wine is the integration of the powerful fruit profile, mouthwatering acidity and talcy phenolics. A wine that is built for power, precision, and elegance.

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

“Elegance plus. Pear, nectarine and flint flavours with assorted hay, cedar and snow pea-like notes. Complex in an effortless way. I looked at this over the course of a full day and while I was impressed from the start, I was never quite bowled over. It relies heavily on elegance and length, – a good thing – with fruit purity as another key feature.”

Campbell Mattinson
The Wine Front - Professional


“A blend from 2 vineyards; wild-yeast fermented in barrel; matured in seasoned French oak. This is a serious chardonnay, displaying impeccable balance and poise. Struck flint, grapefruit, white peach, green apple with hints of charry vanillin oak and honeysuckle. There’s a tightness, too, at play and a savoury wildness. So intricate. Give it time to unwind.”

Jeni Port
2023 Halliday Wine Companion - Professional


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