2009 Sandpiper Chardonnay
The wine is a pale straw colour. The nose is clean and elegant with white peach and blossom notes. This is a medium weight wine with peach, pear and some citrus notes. The palate is well textured and mouth filling due to the wine being partially fermented on French oak and aged on lees. There are also hints of nutty oak and roasted nut characters in the wine. The wine finishes with good length of citrus fruits.
Crushed, destemmed and then pressed using a membrane press. Pressings were not used. Fermented using French yeast at 12-15 degrees Celsius. The ferment was kept slow and cool to retain all the natural flavours of the grape. The wine was then racked and filtered. Bottling took place soon afterwards so the wine was a true expression of the grape and the terroir from which it was made.
The 2009 vintage started a little earlier than usual due to a week of hot weather. Following this, the weather settled down to an extended spell of warm, dry days and cool nights. Some light rain in March provided much needed relief for thirsty vines, and resulted in the vintage finishing well -producing wines with excellent colour and flavour.
Bronze at 2010 Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Perth Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Winestate Annual 2012
Lovely fresh chardonnay aromas of nectarines and nougat and a creamy palate with loads of sweet fleshy fruit flavours. Has texture and balance.
Winestate July/August 2010
4* 'New Releases' stylish and elegant wine with fresh honeydew melon fruit, balanced with nicely handled oak, light delicate aromas and tight flavoursome palate
Lester Jesberg, WINEWISE, July 2010
Recommended - 'Has good peach impact with some nuttiness. An attractive drink now style'