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2016 Croft


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Adelaide Hills

Pale gold in colour. Pure yellow pear, white peach and melon aromas, with hints of tropical fruit, clove, vanilla and creamy cashew and hazelnut. A complex palate of concentrated ripe yellow pear, white peach, stone-fruit and clove spice flavours are complemented by lush, textural layers of intense ripe nectarine acidity, and extraordinary balance, for a long, clean finish.

An immaculately groomed chardonnay that ticks all the boxes, including a complex, faintly reductive bouquet (pleasantly so).

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019, August 2018
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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Chardonnay
Technical Details
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Harvest Date
Harvest Date: 4-15 March
Matured in 16% new and 84% seasoned French barriques for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased the property in the Adelaide Hills in 1981. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyards offer not only magnificent views over the traditional vine country but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain high natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The chardonnay vineyard, which consists of seven clones, has taken its name from Frederick Croft, an orchardist who took up a neighbouring property in 1938.
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Vintage Description

The 2016 vintage began with below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to provide average to above-average yield potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January/early February brought relief to our early-ripening varieties in the Adelaide Hills, resulting in excellent conditions for natural acid retention and clean fruit. This was followed by further rainfall in early March, which eased the stress on the late-ripening varieties, allowing them to mature towards a predicted earlier harvest due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar and colour development, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.


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James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion 2019

August, 2 2018

“Estate-grown at 550m, the vineyard name in honour of orchardist Frederick Croft, matured in French barriques (16% new) for 10 months. An immaculately groomed chardonnay that ticks all the boxes, including a complex, faintly reductive bouquet (pleasantly so).”

Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker Wine Advocate

March, 30 2018

"Subtle notes of pencil shavings accent peaches and pears in Henschke's 2016 Croft Chardonnay. This generous, medium to full-bodied wine boasts bold flavors and plenty of richness and texture. It should drink well for the next 5 years."

Ray Jordan The Weekend West

January, 27 2018

"Comes off a biodynamicaly farmed vineyard in Adelaide hills. The multiple clones contribute to the complexity and texture. Has a creamy texture with notes of roasted cashew and stone fruit. But there is an edge of minerality which keeps it tight and focused. Layered and complex."


November, 19 2017

“Firm and mineral, taken from Croft Ridge in Lenswood – near Weaver and Tim Knappstein. Henschke picks across the slope and then co-ferment the different clones. Very creamy and a touch of hopsack and wheat, this is a fine and cultured wine with a long, lean finish.”

Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parker Wine Advocate

September, 1 2017

"The 2016 Croft Chardonnay is redolent of ripe peaches, pink grapefruit and honeydew melon with hints of allspice and lightly browned toast. Medium-bodied with a satiny texture, the palate provides a great intensity of stone fruit and savory flavors, finishing with plenty of energy."

James Suckling and Nick Stock

July, 17 2017

"A chardonnay that shows tension and depth. Lively and linear. Full body. Flavorful finish."