St. Andrews

Chardonnay 2013

Silky textured with exceptional length and flavours of peach, nectarine and subtle cashew nuances from quality French oak.

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Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a youthful pale straw colour with vibrant green hue to the edges.
Nose The wine has ripe citrus fruit aromas along with stone fruit and a subtle flinty note. Enticing sweet spice and a vanilla oak lift add complexity to the bouquet.
Palate This is a medium-bodied yet sumptuous wine with an enjoyable creaminess to the mid-palate. Flavours of plump juicy fruit are evident along with cleansing citrus at the finish which has wonderful persistence and length from the use of quality French oak.
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, growing conditions leading up to vintage 2013 could best be described as benign, apart from a frost event of mid-October which impacted several blocks on our estate vineyards. There were very few significant rainfall events over the growing period with the season being described overall as dry. The first week of December saw a 30mm down pour which was most definitely a season changer. Without the rain event, the overall yields from 2013 would have been very low. Harvest conditions were excellent with the first white varieties picked in early February. Our winemakers report that quality is outstanding across all varieties, with excellent acid balance and flavour development displayed in the resultant wines.
Oak Maturation The oak regime employed for this wine is 100% new French oak (tight-grained which is air seasoned for 3 years), sourced from a 'specialist' Burgundian supplier. After 10 months of oak maturation, then minimal fining and filtration, the wine was bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 13.5
Acid: 6.78
Residual Sugar: 1
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Medium
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • 2014
  • Sydney International Wine Competition 2015
  • Blue Gold
  • 2014
  • Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
  • Gold
  • 2014
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards
  • Gold
  • 2014
  • Mundus Vini International Wine Awards
  • Gold
  • 2014
  • The Global Chardonnay Masters
  • Gold
  • , The Tasting Panel Magazine

    Jan 2014
    90
    Crisp and juicy with fresh pear, citrus and racy acidity; lively, tangy and long.
  • Glen Frederiksen, Winelines Online

    Jan 2014
    90
    This wine, brilliant straw in hue, serves up substantial sweet, spicy wood, along with a hint of vanilla, some butter and lemon peel. Lush and palate coating, with opulent fruit and a nice streak of acidity to keep it fresh. On the finish, there’s a kiss of butter, a note of minerality and a hint of caramel, inviting another sip. And that’s what this Aussie beauty is all about: sipping.
  • , Australian Wine Review

    Jan 2015
    89/100
    Butter and nuts, the nose a cabal of toasty, full and oaky flavour, heading towards caramel and butterscotch, the palate burnished and chunky, every bit the old school Aussie Chardonnay initially before a clunk of acid firmness. It's full and powerful, if contrived, built to win trophies but a bit thick and obvious for big points, before a quite tart finish. Less would be more methinks.
  • , Winestate Magazine

    Jan 2014
    5 stars
    Beautifully complex oaky nose with lovely hazelnut overtones. The classy palate is very well structured and displays great depth of hazelnut and honeycomb flavours with great use of oak.
  • Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine

    Jan 2014
    5 stars
    Screw cap. Burgundy-like (in the best sense): an elegantly flavored, crisp Chardonnay that is full bodied, very long on the palate, lightly oaky, and very persistent in the finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of peach, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, green apple, toast, and vanilla. Will develop with bottle aging. Aged 10 months in new French oak barrels.
  • Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine

    Jan 2016
    5 stars
    Screw cap. Wonderful single vineyard Chardonnay: it is full bodied and supple, yet with underlying crispness. It is well balanced and very long on the finish, and displays complex, refined character (pear, green apple, peach, pineapple, honey), with overtones of vanilla and toast. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 80% new
  • , Drinks Trade

    Jan 2014
    This chardonnay offers great persistence and length. At the forefront of the chardonnay are ripe, juicy, citrus fruit flavours, as well as white nectarine and peach. The wines' flinty notes add refinement to the wine, while extended lees provide a creamy texture.
  • , National Liquor News

    Jan 2014
    Ripe, juicy citrus fruit along with white nectarine and peach fruit form the primary fruit flavours.
  • Brian Elliott, Scotland on Sunday

    Jan 2014
    The 2013 St Andrews Chardonnay is a thoroughly modern Oz Chardonnay with peach, nut and vanilla influences but all neatly balanced by lively citrus acidity. More importantly, weight, alcohol, oak and ripeness are under careful control without destroying that traditional smoothness and richness or the tastier of those classic tropical fruit components.
  • , Simonwoods.com

    Jan 2014
    Quite tight and closed to start with, but slowly uncurls to show rich cashew and melon set against more precise citrus freshness, with toasty oak making its presence felt, maybe a bit too strongly. Good, but have a feeling that in order to keep it slinky, maybe they’ve picked just a tad early?
  • Neil Cammies, Western Mail

    Jan 2014
    The price reflects the ultimate expression of a single vineyard wine such as this with regard to soil type, environmental influence and climate. The bouquet is elegant with a floral touch to the baked apple and white peach fruit. In the mouth the fruit is full but never over-cloying with lots of bouncy acidity and clippy minerality. The time is oak barriques gives the wine weight and weft and there’s even a touch of lime citrus through the mid-palate. This is classically styled mulit-faceted white that adds to Australia’s superb chardonnay roster.
  • , Winestate

    Jan 2014
    A classy old school style. Nicely balanced palate. Good creaminess and long smoky bacon bone flavours.