Our first Chardonnay wine from Lenswood was made in 1996.
Our style is now well established and is based upon ripe fruit with the multi-layered complexity derived from barrel fermentation, extended yeast lees contact in the barrel and malolactic fermentation.
These are wines of power yet with subtlety, not fruit dominated but of great complexity and length. The fine, creamy richness fills the mouth with lingering flavour.
The 2000/01 growing season was our warmest ever but, paradoxically, did not generate warm area flavours. It has long been my belief that the flavours of the grapes are mostly influenced by the weather of the last 50 days before ripening and that was proved in 2001. Late February and March were in fact cooler than average and so the fruit retained its zesty freshness although, because of the warm summer, vintage was early. We harvested the Chardonnay on 19th to 22nd of March with crop levels at 1.6 kg per vine. The ripe flavour was excellent. Sugar at harvest was 12.5 Be.
A fine flavoured wine of excellent depth of flavour. Although an appealing wine in its youth it needs time to show its best attributes. Stelvin will serve to ensure the wine remains fresh and lively for many years.
AromaFresh, nutty, creamy fruit with subtle melon overtones.
PalateCrip, tight, fine and understated. Concentrated but not big. A wine of freshness, delicacy and subtle power.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills
Oak Maturation12 months in French oak barriques. All from forests in the centre of France and Vosges. Half new oak and half second use.
Freshness, concentration, delicacy and balance with crisp acidity are the keys for ageable wines. This wine has all of these elements and I am confident that it will age well. I envisage positive development for at least 20 years under Stelvin.
Flavourful but delicate foods are ideal partners for this wine. Happily accompanies a wide range of foods, in particular, seafood such as prawns, barramundi or lobster.
Best drunk cool between 5 and 12°C
ClosureA note on Stelvin. We now use Stelvin on all our white wines. Stelvin sealed wines in my experience have many positive characteristics. They; are fresher than cork sealed wines are free of taints age more slowly and gracefully than cork can be safely stored at more variable and warmer temperatures than wine under cork. Since ageablity is a fundamental attribute of our wines it is logical that we should seal our white wine with the closure which achieves this best. The question of ageing of red wines under Stelvin is still open. Steady but limited ingress of air to the wine to enhance development of reds is facilitated by cork under good cellaring conditions and is, to me, a reason to continue with cork for reds.
- 2005 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
One of the best 24 Chardonnay wines in Australia". Bright straw-green; super fine, elegant, intense and very long citrussy/tangy palate.