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.
... it is enjoyable. A modest offering with lemony flavours, chalky acidity across the linear palate. 90 points.
Vintage 2019 provided generally good growing conditions for the Adelaide Hills, with three notable events: the coldest September on record, the wettest November since 2005 and a mini heat wave on the cusp of January/February that the Adelaide Hills rode out extremely well due to good canopy cover. A rapid progression in berry maturation was kick-started by the Harvest Moon falling right on the spring Equinox, with all varieties ripening at the same time. Hand-harvesting was done in three weeks, bookended by the early sparkling and late red varieties. Yields were down by 20-50% due to 'hen and chicken' (berries of different sizes) from the cold, wet period during flowering, however quality was exceedingly good in both white and red varieties as a result of better conditions during ripening.
“Straw-like, earthy-mineral aromas. The wine is lemony and fresh, juicy and tangy, crisp, lean and vigorous on the tongue, with refreshing properties galore. It’s lean and nervy, not rich, but fine.”