2018 VARNEY WINES CHARDONNAY
$32.00 - $384.00
Rathdowne Estate, Liebelt Road, Echunga, Adelaide Hills
Planted: 1999 | Elevation: 390 metres | Clone: II0VI | Soil type: Limestone, Shale and Quartz incorporated with an alluvial Loam to medium Clay
Hand-picked in the early hours of a cool morning. Whole bunch pressed, wild yeast fermented at cool temperature on full solids in seasoned 2-3-year-old French Barriques. Matured for 7 months with frequent lees stirring before
bottling. Contains minimal sulphites.
GRAPE COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay
PRODUCTION: 85 cases
Acidity: 6.5 g/l | pH: 3.20 | Alc/Vol: 12.9%
92 Points, Rated ‘TOP VALUE FOR MONEY’ and #10 out of #25 Chardonnay's from the Adelaide Hills, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Dec 2019
"Light yellow, youthful colour, with a restrained bouquet of tropical fruits, lemon essence and almond shavings. Iced pastries, too. The wine is crisp and tangy, fresh and light-bodied, lean and the finish is medium-length. Very good, and it promises to improve further with a little more age. (Grown at Echunga at 390 metres altitude. Wild fermented on full solids in seasoned French barrels. 85 cases made)."
92 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Jan 2020
"Sold out, it says on the website. Only 82 dozen made. I’ll review it anyway, seeing as it’s open. Twenty year old vines from Echunga, old oak, using the trusty old I10V1 clone, of which a lot was planted in the late 80s and early 90s, I suspect.
Fresh and lively, but with flavour. Melon, white peach, a little spice and almond meal. Some flint to the texture, cool acidity, but with an appealing softness and ease of drinking built in. Finish is good, a little lemon zest closing it out. Very easy to like".