Pale gold in colour. Seductive aromas of pear skin, grapefruit, white stone-fruit, citrus blossom and white flowers are complemented by hints of apple, lemon curd, clove spice and toasted almonds. Intense and focussed, the palate shows layer upon layer of pear and white peach, tightly wound by a deliciously creamy texture, and perfectly balanced with nectarine acidity and subtle oak nuances, for a powerful yet elegantly restrained, lingering finish.
A cooler vintage has delivered a rich and complex chardonnay with such supple, fine, layered white peaches and grilled hazelnuts on the palate. Peach-sorbet-like texture that’s compact and long. Excellent purity and poise.
Extremely heavy winter rainfall and ferocious spring winds and hail set up one of the most challenging vintages we have ever experienced at Lenswood. Flowering was late, occurring in December rather than November, in rare calm and sunny weather which set us up for good yields. The conditions post-Christmas were characterised by elevated evening temperatures, heavy rain every four days, foggy mornings and low day time temperatures. Harvest started in March; three weeks later than usual. By Easter, all Adelaide Hills whites and our pinot noir were safely in the winery, and in excellent condition despite 760mm falling during the growing season. This was a vintage saved in the vineyard by the outstanding work of the Adelaide Hills viticultural team under extremely trying conditions, with results that exceeded expectations. The Lenswood vineyard continues to show enormous resilience, and the soil health no doubt plays an important role in the beautiful wines created in 2017.
“Very serious chardonnay from the Henschke Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills…This is a wine with a strong core – think a ballerina; powerful but elegant. Given its citrus and white peach notes, it would be terrific now with pork dishes but will mellow over the next few years.”
"A cooler vintage has delivered a rich and complex chardonnay with such supple, fine, layered white peaches and grilled hazelnuts on the palate. Peach-sorbet-like texture that’s compact and long. Excellent purity and poise."
"It’s old school but it’s good old school, if that makes sense. If you’re going to let oak off the chain then a) marry it perfectly to the fruit and b) make it sexy oak. This is a seriously delicious chardonnay, mouthwatering yet powerful, smooched with oak but balanced on a pinhead. The refreshing wash of the finish is quite something; it makes for delightful drinking."