Jaraman

Chardonnay 2015

An unusual fusion of Clare Valley & Adelaide Hills resulting in an intensely flavoured, complex yet elegant wine with distinct citrus, white peach & nectarine characters along with a subtle flinty note.

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Region Clare Valley 51% / Adelaide Hills 49%
Colour At release the wine is a very pale straw colour with a youthful green hue.
Nose The wine has intense lifted aromas of melon and lime with hints of stone fruits. There are underlying tropical notes of green pineapple and guava and subtle secondary characters of flint, cedar and spice.
Palate On the palate the wine delivers well-balanced and evenly distributed fruit flavours of classic melon and peach along with underlying creamy notes from the lees stirring. Texturally, it has a retrained, tight structure overall and yet still displays a measure of subtle creaminess to the mid palate and rewards with well integrated oak. The Clare Valley parcel delivers mid palate fleshiness whilst the Adelaide Hills component contributes the restraint and elegance that are typical of this region. O ...
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, the growing season in the lead up to vintage 2015 saw slightly higher than average amounts of rainfall initially and then very little fell, making it the driest ever August recorded at the estate. These conditions were conducive to frost and there were 14 events recorded. The first evidence of budburst appeared in the last week of August which is relatively normal. Rainfall for spring was well below average, with further frost events recorded during this time. Not only was the spring weather extremely dry, it was also warm and windy. These conditions led to higher evapotranspiration (water loss), and despite our significant irrigation effort during October and November, still had a detrimental impact on flowering with resultant bunch numbers down on average. December and January were relatively mild, with rain falling during the second week of January. The moisture was a welcome relief after such a dry spring and the white varieties on the estate responding well for both yield and quality. In the Adelaide Hills, the 2015 growing season featured some unseasonal weather patterns. Rainfall over winter was generally above average for the region although unseasonably dry conditions prevailed from August onwards. Flowering was extremely early with Chardonnay flowering in late October. Extreme heat in early January resulted in a devastating bushfire in the Sampson Flat Area, which burnt through 12,500 hectares in total with 35 ha of vineyards damaged in the region. Fortunately the fire occurred before vines had entered veraison, so smoke taint was not an issue. There was then a large rainfall event mid-January which helped reduce the risk of further fires for the region. Despite it being one of the driest growing seasons on record, the majority of the region produced above average fruit with high natural acid and excellent flavour profiles. The winemakers agree that the wines from the 2015 vintage will be among the best from this region for some time, with excellent acid balance and perfectly developed flavours and colours.
Oak Maturation After fermentation in barrel and battonage, otherwise known as yeast lees stirring, the wine was matured for 8 months in French oak barrels (60% new, 20% 2 year old and 20% 3year old) the wine was blended and then bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 14
Acid: 6.96
Residual Sugar: 2.6
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Medium
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2017
  • The Asian Chardonnay Masters
  • Gold
  • 2016
  • La Mujer Elige "Woman Chooses"
  • Gold
  • 2016
  • Australian Wine showcase Magazine New Release Tasting
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Mundus Vini International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2016
  • El Concurso International Vinus
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Berliner Wine Trophy
  • Gold
  • 2016
  • The Global Chardonnay Masters
  • Gold
  • 2016
  • TERRAVINO Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge
  • Gold
  • 2016
  • World Value Wine Challenge BTI
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Sakura Japan Womens Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2017
  • World Wine Championships Awards BTI
  • Silver
  • 2016
  • Stellar Cellar Selection BTI
  • Silver
  • 2016
  • Tasters Guild Wine Lovers International Consumer Wine Judging
  • Silver
  • 2016
  • Japan Wine Challenge
  • Silver
  • 2016
  • Wine Luxe International Wine Awards
  • Silver
  • 2016
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • Silver
  • 2016
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 1
  • Bronze
  • 2016
  • Royal Adelaide Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2016
  • New Zealand International Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • 2016
  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards
  • Bronze
  • 2016
  • Cowra Wine Show
  • Bronze
  • Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine

    Jan 2017
    90/100
    Smooth and juicy with bright pear and tangy acidity; structured and lifted with hints of vanilla oak and spice; bright and fresh.
  • Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media

    Jan 2017
    90/100
    Light brilliant yellow. High-pitched Meyer lemon and Anjou pear scents, along with suggestions of chamomile and buttered toast. Smooth and gently sweet on entry and then tighter in the middle, offering juicy orchard fruit flavors and vanilla and candied ginger flourishes. The buttery note recurs on a long, smooth finish that shows very good clarity and spicy lift.
  • Glen Frederiksen, WinelinesOnline

    Jan 2016
    88/100 Without Flaws
    Nearly equal amounts of Chardonnay from the Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills went into the production of this refined style of white wine. In the glass, it is a pale straw color with glints of green. With aeration, restrained aromas of roasted nut, cream, citrus, green melon, and green apple slowly emerge. In the mouth, a piquant acidity balances out the butter and cream flavors, while a noticeable ashy minerality thread runs through it, and a fleshier white peach fruit profile comes to the fore. It is clean through to the finish, with a little echo of green fruit at the end. This is not a big butterball style of Chardonnay – it is meant to be enjoyed with food. Cantonese-style stir-fried chicken and veggies or Asian chicken salad will show off the refinement that is the hallmark of this wine.
  • MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator

    Jan 2017
    88/100 Very Good
    Mandarin orange and melon flavors are spicy and smooth, with a succulent finish, revealing a hint of lime zest.
  • Isaac Baker, Terroirist

    Jan 2017
    88/100
    Pale gold color. Juicy white peach and green apple on the nose with some sea spray, honeyed tea and cut flowers. Full-bodied and creamy but some refreshing acidity keeps it balanced. The lemon curd, peach and baked apple fruit is topped in chopped peanuts, almonds and notes of chalk and floral perfume. Vibrant and clean but packed with rich flavor. A blend of fruit from Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills.
  • Isaac Baker, Terroirist

    Jan 2016
    88/100
    Light gold color. Aromas of green and yellow apple, almond, honeysuckle, white tea and notes of seashells. Plump and juicy on the palate but this sports surprising acidity and a fresh sense of minerals to contrast the honey and nougat richness from the French oak. Peach, baked apple and a spritz of lime mix well together in this well-balanced, vivacious Chardonnay. 51% of the fruit comes from Clare Valley, 49% from Adelaide Hills.
  • , WineNZ

    Jan 2017
    Lighter colour, some character mid body — brioche perhaps. Nice mouth-feel, good textural quality, well-balanced oak and finesse. Long, quite sophisticated. Very good.