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.
Our earliest harvest ever (1st March). This was a result of an early budburst which occurred a week earlier than normal on 17th September plus a warm spell in November. Flowering started on 13th November which is 2 weeks earlier than our average. The heat summation, heat degree days (HDD) of 1319 was a little above our long-term average of 1280.
At harvest the grapes were fully ripe at with lovely flavours at 12.9Be with 7.8 grams of acid expressed as Tartaric. Crop levels were very low at 1.5 kg/vine (4.2 t/ha) which contributed to the record short time from veraison to harvest of 24 days. Our average is 45 days from veraison to harvest.
A fine wine of excellent depth of flavour. Although lovely in its youth it needs time to show its best attributes. Stelvin will ensure the wine remains fresh and lively for many years.
AromaFresh, fine, complex and understated with subtle cream, nuts and peach overtones.
PalateCrisp and tight with a supple mid palate with drying savoury faint grip at the finish. Fresh and delicate with a generous mid palate. Positive texture adds to the savoury edge.
RegionLenswood, Adelaide Hills South Australia
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 10 years under Stelvin.
Best drunk cool between 5 and 10°C
James Halliday’s Wine Companion June-July 2012
Bright green-straw, wild yeast fermented in French oak, malolactic fermentation and lees contact have given the extra complexity and texture sought by Geoff Weaver, but have also left the vibrant fruit and natural acidity in charge. The finish very long.
A joyful, delightfully fruit-driven Chardonnay with pristine freshness,length and elegance. Deep aromas of nectarine and peach knit tightly with nutty, dusty and spicy oak, with undertones of creamy yeast, cloves, cinnamon and faint smokiness. It’s long and concentrated, with penetrative flavour of grapefruit, melon, pineapple and stonefruit tightly integrated with fresh oak and finishing with crunchy acids and excellent length.