2010 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 2010 vintage followed good winter rainfall in 2009 and allowed vineyards to commence the 2010 season with good soil moisture levels. This soil moisture, combined with moderate weather conditions throughout most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development. In summary an excellent vintage, with very little extreme weather resulting in fantastic colour and flavour in red varietals, and excellent acid and flavour profiles for whites.
Bronze at Sydney Wine Show 2012
Bronze at 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2011 Barossa Wine Show
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2012
86 Points - The 2010 Sandpiper Chardonnay displays notes of white peach and honeysuckle with a more tropical hint of pineapple. It is crisp, elegant, mid-weight, fruity and straightforward. Drink it over the next year.