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2015 Archer’s Vineyard

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$35.00

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Region
Adelaide Hills
Description

Pale straw with pale gold hues. Fragrant and alluring aromas of white peach, pear and custard apple complemented by notes of vanilla and toasted almonds. The soft, rich palate is focussed with flavours of ripe stone-fruits, tightly wound around well-balanced layers of texture and zesty acidity for a long, crisp finish.

...a terrific addition to the ever-growing roll-call of top quality chardonnays from the Adelaide Hills: rich texture, complex, multi-layered but elegant and fine.

Max Allen, The Australian, 12 July 2016
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Product Information

Vintage
2015
Grape varieties
  • 100% Chardonnay
Technical Details
Alcohol
13%
pH
3.22
Acidity
6.28g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
19 February-11 March
Maturation
Matured in 15% new and 85% seasoned French barriques for 9 months prior to blending and bottling.
Background
The Archer’s chardonnay vineyard, planted in the mid-1980s, has been named as a tribute to Alan and Mary Archer and is located high in the central cool-climate Adelaide Hills. The property had formally belonged to Alan and Mary Archer who ran The Chesser Cellar, a dining institution in Adelaide for many years. Alan had previously sold my father Cyril’s wine in Adelaide and became a well-loved ‘mine host’ at the Chesser. Mary loved to grow her own vegetables for the restaurant in her well tended garden on the farm at Lenswood. The ancient well-drained sandy loam soils derived from a sedimentary shale bedrock ensure naturally low-yielding vines and concentrated fruit flavours. All fruit is handpicked from individual blocks and fermented separately and lees aged in oak barrels. The cool-climate Adelaide Hills provides purity of fruit, beautiful acidity, length of flavour and great ageing potential.
Serving Temperature
11°C
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 10+ years (from vintage)
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2015 2014 2013
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Vintage Description

A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. A dry, warm and windy start to January,
however, resulted in one of the worst bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in living memory, though well away from our Adelaide Hills vineyards. By the end of the first week, relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. With the
onset of veraison at the end of January, the rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards, and the mild weather that followed from February through to April provided for a fairytale vintage. Most of our white varieties were in before Easter, moving on to the
Adelaide Hills red varieties soon after, and eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided classic Adelaide Hills expressions of riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing.

Reviews

Des Houghton Courier Mail

August, 2016

"Henschke’s fragrant Archer’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2015…has a rich palate featuring ripe stone fruits, a zesty acidity and a long, crisp finish. It was named in honour of Alan and Mary Archer of Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills, from where some of the best fruit is sourced."

Max Allen The Australian

July, 2016

"…the 2015 Archer’s…is a terrific addition to the ever-growing roll-call of top quality chardonnays from the Adelaide Hills: rich texture, complex, multi-layered but elegant and fine."

Tony Love & Mike Gribble Adelaide Advertiser

November, 2015

"Adelaide Hills chardonnay often displays a lovely white nectarine fruit flavour and with that in place this then takes a fascinating turn via a finely perfumed oaked edge, some new barrels imparting a waft of sandalwood to a delightfully textured, mouth-filling white with zest and exotic nuances."

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Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front

"The Archer vineyard was planted in the mid 1980s. It’s in Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills. Solid chardonnay. Varietal and well-flavoured. Stonefruit flavours abound, laced with spice, cooked apple and citrus. It’s full-ish, in a good way. Nothing too slender of underdone here; but nor is it overdone. It doesn’t have a massive amount of length but it sits all round in a good place."

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Tyson Stelzer WBM

“The cool heights of Lenswood speak in hushed, tense tones of lemon, grapefruit and crunchy apple, with a taut acid backbone softened by the buttery influence of malolactic fermentation and the subtle nutty nuances of barrel maturation.”

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Mike Bennie WBM

“Sits just-so in that middle zone between full flavoured and leaner chardonnay styles, crisp with green apple, grapefruit, stone fruit flavours, comely in peach/nectarine scents with a barely-there sniff of vanilla and spice. It’s perfectly balanced and wonderfully drinkable in youth."