Colour: Medium straw with attractive green tints.
Bouquet: Full ripe peach nose complexed with an elegant nutty vanilla influence from French oak.
Palate: This is a restrained, medium bodied style with a persistent flavour finishing with a soft acidity. Flavours are in the spectrum of nectarine and peach.
The wine should drink well over the next 3-5 years. Expect the colour to show more golden tints in four or so years and the nose and palate to develop attractive French toast flavours.
We promote dappled light in our vineyards to provide slower ripening and less exposure to direct sunlight to ensure the berries are fresh and crisp. 2014 provided moderate yields of 5-7 tonnes/ha. The free run juice was cold settled before fermentation with French oak and the resulting wine was kept on the lees to promote length and creaminess and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. On final blending, the wine received a light fining while stabilizing and was bottled in early November 2014.
‘Almond Grove’has obtained its name from the almonds which were widely grown in McLaren Vale on land which now bears our vineyards. Richard Hamilton is noted as the first to have planted Chardonnay in McLaren Vale (in 1972).