Cool crushed with some skin contact, then pressed, 100% fermented in French oak (40% new) with a mix of wild and cultured yeasts, matured for 9 months. Most chardonnay vignerons would give their eye teeth to have a wine as good as this as their entry point. Light bright colour, and a juicy array of nectarine, white peach and gentle citrus fruit have distracted all attention from the oak. A lovely wine.
Bright ripe melon and other tropical fruits, peaches too. Gently nutty, complex and stylish wine. The palate is richly flavored, and acidity drives weighty Margaret River chardonnay texture. Drink now.
There’s plenty of density and structure here, with a smooth, velvety quality to the notes of plum, blueberry and five-spice powder. Chai tea and graham cracker crust details linger on the long, expressive finish. (MW)
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2015 Penley Estate "Phoenix" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia (Elsewhere $19)