Generous fruit, countered by precise acid, balanced oak and impeccable length.
TASTING NOTE: A wonderfully drinkable Chardonnay full of peach, pineapple and citrus aromas. Restraint is shown with oak handling which is all old French. This integrates into the background of the wine leaving the fruit character as the champion. The palate is sorbet fresh but at the same time has a wonderful creaminess. Sustained acidity, a whisper of grapefruit pith and a hint of nuttiness complete the finish on this overachieving Chardonnay. Approachable in youth, serve with a moderate chill but not too cold to fully appreciate the generosity of the flavours and mouthfeel.
WINEMAKING: Small batches of grapes are gently crushed, chilled, and then basket pressed. To add complexity and mouthfeel the wine is fermented and matured in French oak for seven months.
BEHIND THE NAME: Since European settlement in the 1840's, olive trees have thrived in McLaren Vale. They are alongside roads, in gardens and occasionally, in the middle of our Chardonnay vineyards blocking our harvester!