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Chapel Hill Chardonnay

Chapel Hill Chardonnay

Chapel Hill Chardonnay
One of the very best Chardonnays doing the rounds from McLaren Vale due to its lighter, slightly austere nature. Citrus melon and fruit-salad aromas give this Chapel Hill Chardonnay an attractive lifted bouquet and the palate is flavoursome fresh and lively. Great drinking wine.
This contemporary Aussie Chardonnay is a joy – as elegant as white Burgundy yet distinctly ripe and crisp. It’s from the Kangarilla vineyard at the foot of the cool Mount Lofty Ranges, hence its freshness. The vines were planted by Professor Tom Nelson in 1973 around a dilapidated stone chapel that he renovated and within which he began making wine. It remained in use until replaced in 1994 by a new 80,000 case winery. In charge today is Michael Fragos, a McLaren Vale wine evangelist of 20 years standing. Part fermented in older oak, part in vat and part with wild yeasts, all lees aged, this is a luscious, subtle and complex, handcrafted white. It displays creamy white peach and a satisfying roundness. Serve gently chilled with chicken.

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White winemaking is about instinctive vineyard management and carefully monitoring the ripening process to ensure that we retain and showcase the delicious fruit flavours in the finished wines.
The white winemaking commences with slow and gentle pressing to separate the juice from the skins and seeds. The free run juice and very gentle pressing portions are combined and separated from the remaining pressing fraction. Only the free run component is used in our white winemaking as it is aromatic and delicate, with more vibrant acidity.
The free run is cold settled, allowing the juice to clarify naturally, preserving the precious aromatics and freshness. This juice is then inoculated with neutral yeasts, selected to respect the site and varietal characteristics.
When the ferment is completed, the wine continues to be stored on yeast lees, which encourages additional mouthfeel and texture.
Once the white wines have matured they are sent to bottle with only minimal additions and without the use of any fining agents. As a result of this winemaking, all of our white wines, with the exception of the Pinot Grigio, are suitable for vegans.

Producer: Colour: WhiteGrape: ChardonnayRegion: South Australia, McLaren ValeVintage: 2016/17Grape Details: 100% ChardonnaySKU: CHAPH01

£19.00 a bottle

2 in stock


Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill winemaker, Pam Dunsford, has been making oustanding wines for over 25 years (with Chapel Hill since 1987). A perfectionist, whose intense attention to detail ensures that her wines are up with the very best.

McLaren Vale

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.


Australia’s most widely planted white grape variety. The heavily oaked styles of the earlier nineties are now being replaced with styles emphasising the regional fruit and greater complexity. The cooler climate regions producing styles of great elegance and finesse.

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