2010 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
Mark O'Leary's Benwerrin Vineyard is located at Oakbank in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Vineyard aspect is integral to the production of the highest quality fruit and at Benwerrin the 20 year old Chardonnay vines are planted on a northerly facing slope. This combination of cool climate and long days of sunshine creates flavour and aromatic qualities, to craft a wine of depth and character. A single vineyard wine, fruit is hand harvested. The 2010 season produced cool growing conditions, and some timely heat in February assisted these low-yielding vines to slowly build flavour and intensity in the fruit.
Lightly pressed, only free run juice is used. Solids ferment carried out in 100% new French oak barrels. Weekly lees stirring for up to eight weeks until malo-lactic fermentation was complete. This wine was then stored in oak for a further six months, prior to blending with an un-oaked portion. The wine is then filtered once prior to bottling.
pH 3.12 TA 7.6 Alcohol: 13.5%
Nick Walker, David O'Leary, Keeda Zilm
Fine lemon straw colour
The bouquet displays cool climate white peach & nectarine fruit aromas with the subtle use of fine French oak which has added creamy complexity.
The palate is rich, soft and creamy, an elegant Chardonnay. The long balanced palate has delicate fruit and spice characters with great balance and length.
Try a salad of grilled scallops with witlof, blue cheese and hazelnuts.
The richness, complexity and structure of this wine dictate that it will repay careful cellaring over the next five years.