2022 | Adelaide Hills | Chardonnay
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. From 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 yet strong and provides clean string lines. This Chardonnay exhibits clean lines with strength and versatility similar to that of the Hazel wood.
94 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
93 Points - Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
91 Points - Winestate Magazine
The nose is fresh and bright displaying complex aromas of lemon curd, mandarin blossom and stone fruit with hints of toaster wafer.
Fresh honeydew and brown lime intertwine with a smooth and creamy mid-palate. The fine natural acidity gives great length and balances the textural oak characters.
Sourced from carefully selected vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. Sites in the northern Adelaide Hills provide the warmth to produce lifted stone fruit and tropical fruit flavours while the cooler vineyard sites at the southern end add elegance and minerality.
Selectiv® harvested and gently pressed to barrel. Fermented in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak hogsheads and puncheons. Partial malolactic fermentation on lees for 6 months with regular Bâtonnage.
Region: Adelaide Hills
Cellaring: Drink from 2023 to 2032
Harvest Dates: 19th March