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16 St Leonards Vineyard Chardonnay

16 St Leonards Vineyard Chardonnay

$28.00 per bottle
$23.80 per bottle for Bronze Level Wine Club Members
$168.00 Case of 6
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This white wine is a lovely, sophisticated, modern style of Rutherglen Chardonnay with intense fresh lifted stone-fruit characters, some fermentation complexity and the merest hint of French oak. Crafted for immediate enjoyment.

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This white wine is a lovely, sophisticated, modern style of Rutherglen Chardonnay with intense fresh lifted stone-fruit characters, some fermentation complexity and the merest hint of French oak. Crafted for immediate enjoyment.

86 POINTS - HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION

Free Standard Delivery - Orders over $150 View Delivery Info

  • Vintage

    2016

  • Alcohol

    13.1%

  • Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Cellaring

    2 years, Enjoy Now

  • Goes Well With

    chargrilled chili squid, chargrilled prawns, lobster, seafood, soft cheeses

The Range

Not far from the mountains, where the Murray still runs deep and clear, is a great curve in the river. Planted here is our vineyard where gnarled old vines send their roots deep into the rose-coloured sandy soils. Premium wines have been made and enjoyed here at St Leonards since 1860.

The Wine

This wine is a lovely, sophisticated, modern style of Chardonnay with intense fresh lifted melon and stone-fruit characters. A savoury note from the barrel fermentation adds complexity and the merest hint of French oak on the finish. Crafted for immediate enjoyment.

Variety

Chardonnay is the most widely travelled white variety, cropping up in almost every wine producing country. Even in its native France it is unusual in being found in several regions. From the far north of Champagne, where it is used in the eponymous fizz, through Chablis and Burgundy with their classic table wines, all the way to the sunny region of Languedoc for cheap and cheerful quaffers.

Winemaking

The grapes were picked at the beginning of February 2016 from the southern block of St Leonards’ vineyard. The juice was split into 3 parcels. One went straight to oak for full fermentation, the second was started in tank then transferred to oak to finish and the third was fermented to completion in tank then transferred to oak. All parcels were matured for nine months in a mix of new (10%) and old French oak barriques prior to preparation for bottling. It was bottled in February 2017.

Food Matching

With its lifted fruit characters and delicate oak, it would be a perfect partner to a range of fish or white meat dishes, perhaps scallops pan fried in butter with a crisp green salad.

Cellaring Potential

It will cellar well for two-three years and see it soften a little whilst retaining vibrant fruit freshness, but it is ideally enjoyed young.

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"A rich style, full-bodied with a mix of ripe stone fruit and grilled pineapple with sweet vanillin oak spice. Lacks finesse, not flavour."
Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2018

All orders are shipped by Australia Post or Fastway. Please allow up to 5 normal business days for shipping to capital cities (Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney) and more for other areas.

SHIPPING COSTS

We deliver Australia wide for the following costs per delivery:
Albury/Local Area $6.00
Melbourne/Canberra $14.00
Sydney/Adelaide $14.00
Brisbane/Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast $16.00
Country VIC/NSW/SA $16.00
Tasmania $26.00
Perth $29.00
Country QLD $29.00
NT/Country WA $36.00

 

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