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2018 Croft

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Region
Adelaide Hills
Description

Pale straw with green hues. Lifted and fragrant aromas of cut pear, white peach, nectarine, citrus and custard apple are supported by baking spices and toasted cashew. The palate shows richness and finesse with flavours of ripe peach and pear providing a fleshy textural quality, complemented by overtones of crème brûlée and oatmeal. These characters are beautifully balanced by fresh citrus acidity and subtle oak nuances, giving the wine depth and finishing with incredible length.

Attractive pear, apple, lemon curd and gun flint with lemon peel, as well as lime and white nectarine. The palate has a very composed feel with intense peach and grilled-almond flavors. Some pie crust to close. Lots to like here.

Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, 27 October 2020
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Product Information

Vintage
2018
Grape varieties
  • 100% Chardonnay
Technical Details
Alcohol
13.5%
pH
3.23
Acidity
6.87g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
23 February - 19 March
Maturation
100% barrel fermented. Matured in 18% new and 82% seasoned French barriques for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
Background
Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased the Lenswood 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.
Serving Temperature
11°C
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 10+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

After a typical wet and cold winter, spring brought particularly mild and unstable weather to Lenswood with fogs, rain and numerous hail events, fortunately with no resulting damage. These cold hail blasts delayed flowering, and due to an early Harvest Moon, the growing season became quite compressed, requiring more work in the vineyard with shoot thinning and foliage lifting. A long, dry mild spell from Christmas to Easter provided ideal ripening conditions; allowing tannins to mature, acids to moderate and depth of flavour to develop. Fruit quality across the board was outstanding, the whites in particular for their purity and balance, which really defined the season after some challenging early conditions. 2018 was a fantastic year for Lenswood, with high natural acidities and excellent varietal character. 

Reviews

Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com

October, 27 2020

"Attractive pear, apple, lemon curd and gun flint with lemon peel, as well as lime and white nectarine. The palate has a very composed feel with intense peach and grilled-almond flavors. Some pie crust to close. Lots to like here.

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Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker Wine Advocate

May, 15 2020

"Subtle shadings of toasted grain accent pineapple and white nectarines in the 2018 Croft Chardonnay. All barrel fermented (typically in around 15% new oak), this is a medium to full-bodied, plump, generous wine in the mouth, with a fine, silky texture and lingering suggestions of pencil shavings and citrus on the finish. It should drink well for at least another five years, and possibly longer."

 

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