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2019 Croft

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Region
Adelaide Hills
Description

Pale straw with green hues. Fragrant aromas of white stone-fruits, pear skin, grapefruit and custard apple with nuances of crème brûlée, hazelnut praline, cashew, clove and flint. The palate is rich and complex, with intense pear and stone-fruit, textural minerality, fine citrus acidity and layers of creamy French vanilla and cashew nut for a long, lingering finish.

A chardonnay of concentration and tension from a low-yielding season. Spicy grapefruit, fig and fleshy, ripe white peach is accented with notes of wild honey and underlined by cashew nut French oak. Plump fruit sweetness contrasts with grapefruit zest acidity and subtle phenolic bite on a long finish.

Tyson Stelzer, Halliday Wine Companion, 13 August 2021
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Product Information

Vintage
2019
Grape varieties
  • 100% Chardonnay
Technical Details
Alcohol
13.5%
pH
3.25
Acidity
7.34g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
 07 - 13 March
Maturation
100% barrel fermented. Matured in 14% new and 86% seasoned French puncheons, hogheads and 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, (I10V1, I10V5, Antav 84, 277 and the Burgundian Bernard clones, B95, B96, B76) 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

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 kickstarted 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 ripening conditions.

Accolades

Title
Silver Medal
Year
2020
Event
Adelaide Hills Wine Show

Reviews

Tyson Stelzer Halliday Wine Companion

August, 13 2021

" A chardonnay of concentration and tension from a low-yielding season. Spicy grapefruit, fig and fleshy, ripe white peach is accented with notes of wild honey and underlined by cashew nut French oak. Plump fruit sweetness contrasts with grapefruit zest acidity and subtle phenolic bite on a long finish."

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Sarah Ahmed TheWineDetective.co.uk

June, 18 2021

"...intriguing mineral, earth, bay leaf, ginger, orange pith and blossom nuances to the gentle wash of melon, fresh fig and apricot fruit. A strikingly refreshing saline quality too, with crisp apple to the finish."

Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com

June, 7 2021

"This is looking attractively pure and fresh with aromas of sliced pear and white peach, as well as apple and lemon. The palate has crystalline acidity, set amid ripe pears and melon and a hint of savory nougat. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

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Huon Hooke The Real Review

May, 30 2021

"Very light-yellow colour, with a gently floral fruit-driven bouquet including a hint of nectarine. The palate is lean and tight, straightforward and clean on the finish, dry and appetising. It’s taut and lean, somewhat tight and restrained, mouth-puckering on the aftertaste."

 

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