2018 Sandpiper Chardonnay
The 2018 Sandpiper Chardonnay is pale straw in colour with a vibrant green hue at the edge. The nose displays white peach, kiwi and citrus fruits and are backed up by some subtle spice. The palate follows with a generosity of fruit matched with refined French oak and delicate acidity. Altogether, this wine shows great texture, balance and length.
Harvest was carried out at night. The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press). After settling, each batch was assessed and either allowed to naturally ferment, or inoculated with a neutral yeast to emphasis the fruit. Approximately 20% of the blend was transferred as juice to new French oak barrels and underwent barrel ferment. After fermentation the yeast lees were stirred for 4 months (battonage), and sulphured up so as to minimise any malolactic fermentation and retain the refreshing acid balance.
The 2018 growing season had all the hallmarks of a classic vintage. Consistent warm temperatures produced perfect conditions for our Eden Valley whites to ripen. This along with good winter rains and a dry harvest period resulted in vibrant varietal flavours, excellent natural acidity and a long balanced finish.
Wine of the Week – Winsor Dobbin
You don't find many chardonnays this stylish for under $20 a bottle. This is razor-sharp on trend with cool-climate fruit from the Eden Valley producing a wine that has plenty of flavour but is also refined and delicate. It's all about the quality fruit with citrus notes and white stone fruit flavours combining impressively with a small percentage of French oak. Lees contact has added some texture. There is everything you'd want in a modern Aussie chardonnay here; it's well worth snapping up a case for Christmas.
16.5/20 – Raymond Chan
Bright, very pale straw colour, near colourless. The nose is elegant and slender in proportion with a fresh heart of white and yellow stone fruits along with nuances of citrus fruit interwoven with some nutty oak. This is steely and refreshing in expression. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and gently fresh with restrained flavours of white and yellow stone fruits, citrus fruit and a little nutty oak. The mouthfeel is brisk and fresh with crisp acidity, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line with moderate drive and a light finish. This is an elegant, gently refreshing Chardonnay with light flavours and fresh acidity. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 2-3 years. ‘Mount Crawford’ Eden Valley fruit fermented in stainless-steel with 20% in new French oak to 12.0% alc., the wine aged 4 months in barrel with batonnage, but avoiding MLF.