Handpicked from a single vineyard. Fermented wild in a concrete egg and oak before a stringent barrel cull. Striking aromas of flint, camomile, apricot pith and lemon balm, with creamed cashew and nougat beyond. The mid-palate, tightly furled. Compelling precision, driven by a pungent acid infusion. The length, riveting. Will no doubt age well, but lacking a bit of character. Some malolactic would assist.
93 points, (January 2020)
Billed as a slightly alternative-style chardonnay, the winemaking here employs natural ferments in new hogsheads and concrete eggs, then 10 months on stirred lees. Slightly shy from the get-go, with subdued chardonnay characters, subtle white stone fruits, a faint note of oak and a mildness on the palate. There's also a squeeze of lime and a slight caramel crème feel on the finish. An individual expression.
92 points, Wine Companion (October 2020)
Spicy Japanese ginger oak, almond, a minor amount of struck match, white peach and lemon zest. It’s fine and slightly milky in texture, has a soft grip and texture, again the ginger over peach and pink grapefruit. It finishes pretty long, with an almost chalky texture. High quality, obviously still quite young, and feels in evolution; like it’s going somewhere better, for sure.
93+ points, The Wine Front (April 2020)
Very light colour, with a bouquet of malted milkshake, fresh melon and herb notes as well. Some almond. It seems early harvested. Very lean and tight on the palate, crisp and very dry, but just lacking a little in generosity. It's young and will surely be better in a year's time.
91 points, The Real Review (July 2020)
Hand-harvested from a few rows of a single vineyard and fermented in barrel and concrete egg, there are only 820 bottles of the very fine 2019 Suilven Chardonnay. Boasting restrained aromas of pencil shavings, pear and citrus, it's medium-bodied but generous, with a wonderfully silky texture on the palate, round, ripe melon flavors and a harmonious, lingering finish. Drink it over the next 4–5 years.
93 points, Wine Advocate (February 2021)
Attractive lemon-pastry aromas with grapefruit and a gently flinty edge, too. The palate has a fresh, juicy feel with bright lemons, as well as a layered texture and white peaches to close. All here. Drink over the next five years.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2020)
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.