2018 ‘Staff’ Chardonnay


The Staff Story

The “Staff” story revolves around the Hazel Tree. The Celts believed the trees that grew around them all held special powers. The Hazel Tree is arguably the quintessential Celtic Tree due to it’s legendary position at the heart or entrance of the Otherworld. Since the times of the Druids down to the modern era Hazel wood was used to make robust Staffs to guide the wise along their path. The wood is flexible and yet strong and provides clean string lines. This Chardonnay exhibits clean lines with strength and versatility similar to that of the Hazel wood.

Tasting Notes

The nose is fresh and bright with complex aromas of white rose, melon and cashew.


Impeccably balanced with a creamy texture and an acid structure  reminiscent of  lemon sorbet. The finish is long and dry; a perfect accompaniment to your  favorite seafood dish.

Selected from a single vineyard at Kuitpo. A northerly facing slope provides the warmth to produce lifted stone fruit and tropical fruit flavours while the cool nights maintain the elegance and mineral acid backbone which gives ageing ability and life to the wine.
Region Adelaide Hills Alcohol  / pH / TA 12.5 3.19 6.7
Variety Chardonnay Winemaking
Harvest Dates 19th & 23rd February 2016 Selectively harvested, whole bunch pressed with gentle pressing, separated into 3 portions, 1 partial solids ferment, two clarified parcels, all 100% barrel fermented in 40% new French oak and 60% 2 and 3 year old French oak. Partial MLF and lees stirred for 3 months, barrel selected and blended in November for bottling.
Bottling Date 15th December 2016
Release Date January 2017
Cellaring Drink from 2017 to 2027