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2011 AH CHARDONNAY

2011 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

4.5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

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The cool climate and elevation of the Adelaide Hills is widely recognised as one of Australia’s preeminent regions for producing refined Chardonnay. Our search for a quality site led us to Charles and Vanessa Rosback’s Bowyer Ridge vineyard near Loberthal.

A very tricky vintage for growers in the Hills with rainfall through the growing period. Mild weather and cool nights resulted in great cool climate acid retention in the Chardonnay, but the work was done in the vineyard with Charles being vigilant against disease pressure and careful handpicking at harvest time to avoid botrytis bunches.

The wine has straw yellow with a green hue. Fresh white peach and fig fruits with slight citrus lime and oak spice flavours and fresh pear and white peach with a crisp line of acidity on the palet. A textured, bran meal mouthfeel from
the wild fermentation and French oak. Great length and minerality

Tasting Notes: 2011 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

  1. 4 out of 5

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    This has a bright yellow-green hue and a superbly complex, fragrant aroma of nuts, nougat, spices, smoke and citrus fruits. The palate is rich and medium to full-bodied, with bracing acidity and terrific line. The mouth-feel is tangy, crisp and refreshing.
    Because of its heightened acidity it goes especially well with fish. It should also take some age well. Now to 2021. Rating 93/100
    SMH – Huon Hooke Wine of the Week

  2. :

    There’s a whiff of chardonnay modernity here with white peach and lemon, some hints of barrel complexion via roasted nut oak and showing a multi-layererd aromatic personality. It’s very lean on the citrus and tart peach mould, almost too lean, very tense and linear acid line with spicy oak. Could be more generous but maybe in time it will relax a bit.

    Rating: 88 points Wining Pom July 2013

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    James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014
    Rating: 93 points
    James Halliday

  4. 5 out of 5

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    Tower Estate is based in the Hunter but also makes wine from other regions. The notoriously wet 2011 summer yielded relatively few decent Adelaide Hills reds but the whites can be excellent in a lighter, refined style. This has a bright yellow-green hue and a superbly complex, fragrant aroma of nuts, nougat, spices, smoke and citrus fruits. The palate is rich and medium- to full-bodied, with bracing acidity and terrific line. The mouthfeel is tangy, crisp and refreshing. It should also age well. Now to 2021. 12 per cent alcohol.

    Rating: 93/100 – Good Food

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