Estate Label

Chardonnay 2018

Luscious flavours of white peach, citrus and tropical fruit overlaying toasted cashew and creamy nuances from fine French oak.

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Previous Vintages 2016, 2017
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a pale straw with a slight green hue to the edge.
Nose Delightful aromas of white peach, nectarines, tropical fruit and citrus zest with a hint of cashew.
Palate Fresh flavours of stone fruit combine with cashews and an underlying toastiness from the barrel fermentation to deliver a mouth-filling and enjoyable wine. The wine has a clean, elegant palate, a zesty acid backbone and long, persistent finish.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar for a short term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 13
Acid: 5.97
Residual Sugar: 1.5
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Medium
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2019
  • Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Japan Wine Challenge
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Gold
  • 2019
  • MUNDUS VINI International Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • New World Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • World Value Wine Challenge BTI
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • The Global Chardonnay Masters
  • Silver
  • 2019
  • China Wine & Spirit Awards
  • Bronze
  • 2019
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Bronze
  • Vic Harradine, Wine Current

    Feb 2020
    93 Points
    The price-quality balance in this gem tips wildly in your favour. Delicate aromas of mixed spice, caramel and pit fruit precede a balanced and beautiful wash of palate flavours with a bowl of tropical fruit with grilled pineapple and mango to the fore interweaving with white peach, lemon zest and wisps of grapefruit. There’s persistent purity of fruit, creamy texture and lengthy delectable finish and aftertaste. Don’t be afraid to pick up an armful; it’s food friendly and a crowd pleaser. Give it a go with beer-can roast chicken or pan-seared pork cutlets. Vintages Release: July 11, 2020
  • Natalie MacLean, Natalie Maclean

    Apr 2020
    90 Points
    From Clare Valley Estate in South Australia, a cool-climate Chardonnay with crunchy green apple, ripe pear, fresh melon, ripe stone fruit and nutty flavours long and creamy on the palate. Pair with grilled seafood dishes. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, crab cakes, chicken breast, lobster in butter sauce, cheese.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Sep 2019
    89 Points
    Succulent, featuring butterscotch-scented peach, pear and melon flavors, round and smooth, with details of spice and a pop of acidity on the finish. Drink now.
  • Ted McIntyre, The Lush Life

    Aug 2020
    89 Points
    One of only two white wines in... Estate range (in wine lingo, “estate” means that the vineyards and winery are in the same location), this particular Chardonnay was harvested from a strong 2018 vintage from the Clare Valley in South Australia. Winner of a trio of gold medals last year (Japan Wine Challenge, Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition and Wine Showcase Magazine New Tastings). Although the region is probably most noted for its Rieslings, as white wines go, this Chardonnay seems to have inherited some of that same zesty acidity. It’s mostly aged in oak, but it’s a really well-measured, unobtrusive approach, with the oak putting some flesh on the bones of this juice, the aromas of which evoke lemon meringue, banana and peach. Expect tropical medley of flavours with assorted citrus, pineapple and pear, and a finish that hangs around to add further punch to this well-valued creation.
  • Ted McIntyre, The Lush Life

    Aug 2020
    89 Points
    One of only two white wines in the Estate range (in wine lingo, “estate” means that the vineyards and winery are in the same location), this particular Chardonnay was harvested from a strong 2018 vintage from the Clare Valley in South Australia. Winner of a trio of gold medals last year (Japan Wine Challenge, Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition and Wine Showcase Magazine New Tastings). Although the region is probably most noted for its Rieslings, as white wines go, this Chardonnay seems to have inherited some of that same zesty acidity. It’s mostly aged in oak, but it’s a really well-measured, unobtrusive approach, with the oak putting some flesh on the bones of this juice, the aromas of which evoke lemon meringue, banana and peach. Expect tropical medley of flavours with assorted citrus, pineapple and pear, and a finish that hangs around to add further punch to this well-valued creation.
  • Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast

    Dec 2019
    87 Points
    This is an aromatic, fruity style of Chard bursting with grapefruit, peach and honeysuckle. The palate is equally fruity with bright, zesty acidity and a talc-like texture. There’s a likability to this Chard but it feels somewhat forced into being and over worked.
  • Ronn Weigand MW, MS, Restaurant Wine

    Aug 2019
    5 stars
    The Chardonnay is an exceptional wine at the price: supple in texture, full bodied, and very fruity in aroma/flavor (pineapple, guava, grapefruit, pear, oak), with good balance, and a long finish. Fermented and aged 6+ months in mostly French oak barrels, 10% new; the remainder in stainless steel tanks.
  • Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine

    Oct 2021
    4+ Stars
    The Estate Chardonnay is a supple, full, bodied, lightly oaked wine that is well balanced, intense (peach, pineapple, toast, roasted nut), and long on the finish. Very fine value. Barrel fermented and aged 6+ months in French oak.
  • Michael Pinkus, Luxe Magazine

    Nov 2020
    3.5 Stars
    Subtle butterscotch with good acid backing (rare in an Australian Chardonnay). Plenty of nice fruit with apple, pear and simple peach notes
  • Vic Harradine, Winecurrent

    Aug 2020
    (Exceptional Value) The price-quality balance in this gem tips wildly in your favour. Delicate aromas of mixed spice, caramel and pit fruit precede a balanced and beautiful wash of palate flavours with a bowl of tropical fruit with grilled pineapple and mango to the fore interweaving with white peach, lemon zest and wisps of grapefruit. There’s persistent purity of fruit, creamy texture and lengthy delectable finish and aftertaste. Don’t be afraid to pick up an armful; it’s food friendly and a crowd pleaser. Give it a go with beer-can roast chicken or pan-seared pork cutlets. Vintages Release: July 11, 2020