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.
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.