Intense, fresh, preserved lemon aroma, the palate is light but intense, even shrill, with again intense lemon juice and lightly-toasted almond notes. The palate is lean, taut and fine, and is attractive drinking although it is still a baby. It has a very clean, refreshing, almost nervy finish. The wine has extraordinary intensity and promises to reward cellaring. A great Chardonnay. 97 points, Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com).
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.