2018 Twisterella Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
Hill-Smith Vineyard in Woodside. Bernard 76 clone.
Gary Walsh - The WineFront
White peach, ripe lemon, almond, a wisp of smokiness, ginger biscuits. It’s light, a little glossy and glycerol, but pulses with firm sweet lemony acidity, some toasty umami flavour, a light chalky texture, and very long, and kind of intense, finish. Don’t serve it cold. Cool will do nicely.
Rated : 93+ Points
Tasted : Jul19
Alcohol : 13.1%
Price : $28
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 - 2028
The fruit comes from a block with rows that run from east to west to protect the fruit from the harsh direct sun and heat. The aspect is easterly which means the vines get started earlier in the morning and get a good day’s sunlight while avoiding the hot westerly sun in the afternoon. This is perfect for white wines to preserve delicate flavour compounds and retain natural acidity during ripening. We renovated this block 4 years ago, grafting it over to the sought-after Bernard clone B76 and it has been cane pruned every year since. It is in my opinion one of the best Chardonnay sites in the Hills.
The fruit was hand-picked on the 9th March and transported to cool rooms overnight to chill before whole bunch pressing the following day. After pressing, the juice was transferred to old French oak for a wild barrel ferment on full solids. After ferment, the wine was stirred weekly on its lees to build texture. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation adding mouthfeel while retaining a zing of natural acidity. The resultant wine has excellent depth of white peach and citrus balanced with fresh acidity and hints of toast from older oak. The quality and depth of fruit should allow it to develop well with age.