The greatest dry white wine grape in the world.
Lean, chiselled, Olympian! Introducing the new release 2019 Michael Hall Chardonnay.
2019 Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, Lenswood & Piccadilly $50
1180 bottles produced
“Beautiful chardonnay. A wine of flavour and style. Excellent power, mouthfeel and persistence. White peach, nectarine, crystallised fruits, cedar wood and chalk. A quartz-like aspect. Lots of lingering flavour. Spice, fruit and rock. It makes quality look easy.”
94/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“Lovely soft flavours are clearly defined and discrete. Beautifully balanced fruit weight and gentle acidity carries the lemon curd, grapefruit and white peach flavours to a soft landing. A lasting savoury lick makes it especially interesting.”
94/100 David Sly, Decanter.com
The fabulous fruit from Bernie Swaby’s Garden Block in Piccadilly forms the core of this wine. In tandem we’ve been trialling a little fruit from Ben Anderson’s chilly Lenswood vineyard at 500m elevation. These parcels join forces in our 2019 release.
Lenswood is a sub-region of the Adelaide Hills and boasts its own Geographical Indication (ie label rights). Renowned for its apples, this fertile land stretches from near the Onkaparinga Valley up to the stony ridgeline of Croft Road. Here the uppermost vineyards are perfectly situated and have developed vine age to join some of the most sought-after sites for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Low winter rainfall and blustery weather during flowering resulted in a small crop. Hand-picked on the 10th and 21st of March, destemmed and pressed, wild yeast barrel-fermented, 45% malolactic fermentation, matured for 11 months on yeast lees in French oak (25% new), filtered and bottled.