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Lucky Lizard Chardonnay

d’Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay

d’Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay – Great Australian Chardonnay

The fruit for this wine is sourced from the cool climate Adelaide Hills. Small batches of grapes are crushed gently, chilled and then basket pressed. To add complexity and mouthfeel the wine is fermented and aged in aged French oak for 7 months. During the summer, native Bearded Dragon Lizards fine their way in to the grapes destined for the winery. Luckily for the lizards, the gentleness of our crusher allows them to pass through the ordeal slightly shaken, but unharmed.

The wine has a flourishing bouquet with flashes of pineapple, pear drop, honey suckle, raw cashew and a hint of seaspray. In youth there is a reasonable volume of fruit, although the palate still manages to appear taught with a sorbet like freshness to the acidity. Flavours err on the savoury side, preserved lemon, spice, cold stone with just a ripple of lemon butter. The finish has a beeswax nature to it but once again the perfectly pitched acidity and slightly saline tail will urge you to take another sip. Fresh and savoury in youth, promising to deliver even greater complexity and texture with time

In this vintage the Adelaide Hills had good winter rainfall, and early bud burst in the first week of September. It was a mild to warm spring and very dry all the way through to harvest. Despite the dryness through the growing season, stress levels were in check thanks to those good winter rainfalls. Thanks to the dryness, there was minimal disease pressure. The result was good cropping levels with great fruit quality. Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot all fared very well, showing mesmerizing aromatics, good depth of flavour and lovely mineral acid profiles.

To make this wine small batches of grapes are gently crushed before being pressed in specially designed stainless steel basket presses. Gentle extraction of the juice is critical in these stages to retain the delicate Chardonnay characters. Fermentation took place in old French oak barriques with no malolactic fermentation. 15% of the final blend underwent wild fermentation in barrel. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending.

Lucky Lizard Chardonnay – fortunate for us as well.

 

Producer: Colour: WhiteGrape: AustralianRegion: South Australia, McLaren ValeVintage: 2014/15Style: Full & RichSKU: DAREN30

£18.99 a bottle

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d'Arenberg

“d’Arenberg is an icon of the McLaren Vale, dating back to 1912. Chief winemaker Chester Osborn is the great-grandson of the founder, Joseph Rowe Osborn. Chester now oversees a stellar (and ever-expanding) range of strangely named and exquisitely crafted red and white wines.
The oldest of the d’Arenberg blocks were first planted in the 1880s with Shiraz, and still contribute to the wines today.”

South Australia

The McLaren Vale is predominately a red wine region, producing some of the best red wines in South Australia. Vineyards were first planted in the mid 1800s. One of the early pioneers Thomas Hardy established a business that evolved to BRL Hardy, one of the largest wine companies in the country. The region also has a healthy number of boutique wineries that consistently make fine wines and experiment with different wine styles. The climate is warm to hot with dry summers, and benefits from cooling breezes from the St Vincent Gulf. The main wine styles: Red – Shiraz (rich, ripe & generous), Cabernet Sauvignon; White – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc.

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