2020 Apricus Hill Chardonnay

6 bottles

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This Chardonnay has been made with only the “free run” juice – the first run, finest quality juice without the bitterness and phenolics associated with the grape skin. The juice was fermented in new and second use French oak 500 litre puncheons with some grape solids giving the wine a complex savoury note. It matured in oak for 9 months. Colour is a bright clear steely white with youthful green hues. Nectarine and mandarin are complemented by a textured savoury mid palate with hints of melon and spicy vanillin oak leading to a long crisp grapefruit finish. A vibrant lifted nose of citrus and stone fruits with savoury cashew notes and hints of gunflint and toasty French oak. This wine will improve with up to 10 years careful cellaring.

RRP: $210.00

$209.99 for 6 bottles

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93 pts - Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot

Well this is a punchy example of Australian cool climate Chardonnay with plenty to offer both now and over the medium term. Right now it is full of vibrant, energetic fruits – tangy nectarine and citrus aromas are well matched to cashew barrel ferment and vanillin oak – it’s surprisingly rich for Great Southern. Nothing changes on the palate with a powerful core of juicy and complex fruit driven hard by a burst of acidity, with oak well integrated, before a long and crisp finish. It’s a little tightly packed right now and will be better in a couple of years. But if you want to enjoy it now a local Rock Lobster would not go astray.

93 pts - Patrick Eckel - Wine Reviewer

The wine was barrel fermented with a high proportion of new oak which shows on the nose with oak derived spice and flint set against mealy fig and peach. The palate is worked and is more savoury than fruit driven with almond meal and bacon fat alongside new season peach. Acidity is sweeping and textural, providing great contrast to finish.

Additional information

Country of origin

Australia

Region

Great Southern

Variety

Chardonnay

Producer
Vintage

2020

Quantity

Six-packs

Bottle size

750ml

Bottle closure

Screwcap

Alc./Vol. %

13

RRP

210.00

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