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2019 Archer’s Vineyard


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Adelaide Hills

Pale straw with lime-green hues. Lifted fragrant aromas of citrus blossom, zesty lemon rind, grapefruit, white peach and fresh cut pear with notes notes of baking spices and crème brûlée. The palate is soft, rich and textural with crunchy Fuji apple, Nashi pear and white peach flavours. A delicious, complex wine with restrained French oak and crisp acidity providing structure and great length.

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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Chardonnay
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
7 - 13 March
Matured in 90% seasoned and 10% new French barriques for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.
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 formerly belonged to Alan and Mary, who ran The Chesser Cellar, a dining institution in Adelaide for many years. Alan had previously sold fourth-generation winemaker Cyril Henschke'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.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 15+ years (from vintage)
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2019 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

Vintage Description

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.