From the estate Lenswood Vineyard planted '99, hand-picked, the bunches chilled overnight then whole bunch-pressed to new and used French puncheons for fermentation and 10 months maturation with gentle lees stirring. The bright quartz-green colour signals a wine of exceptional intensity and purity, pink grapefruit embracing white peach, oak watching on from the sideline. A truly great chardonnay. --98 Points, James Halliday
Smoky matchstick or struck-flint mineral nose with tight citrusy fruit and insible oak: it has great complexity in a minerally Chablis-esque way. The acidity is bright and firm, giving the wine great drive and penetration. There are traces of honey and lightly toasted cashews. The natural acidity was preserved with malolactic restricted to 40%. A wonderful wine.
97 points, Huon Hooke (May 2017)
Exciting gunflint, struck-rock and smoky mineral aromas. A very fine wine: crisp, nervy and tightly coiled, without too much overt nuttiness. A stunning wine of great line and length. Large format oak works well with this style. (200 dozen made)
96 points, Huon Hooke (November 2016)
It’s in that floral, racy mode of chardonnay, flint-edged and sparkling with crisp acidity. The perfume is subdued to an extent, but you find wet slate, grapefruit pith, lemon blossom, sweet spice. Flavours tend to leaner chardonnay grape characters, citrus and pith, squeeze of lime, a sense of minerality. It’s tense and taut, linear and fine. It’s quite something, in its style.
94 points, Mike Bennie (May 2017)
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.