Michael Hall 2010 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay
Chardonnay fruit from one of the higher vineyards in Adelaide Hills, just down the road from the Mt Lofty summit (710m). Classed as a cool climate wine region, but the cool night time temperatures really give the vines a rest from the warmer daytimes.
The nose of the Michael Hall Chardonnay has the oak quite upfront, but receding into the background eventually. Spicy biscuit (gingernut/shortbread) with firm stonefruit and roasted nuts. Hints of wild ferment funk deep in the basement. Quite intense and complex. On the palate, it has a nice citrus pith grip, with hints of ripe tropical fruit (pineapple). Great length, with a good weight holding everything in balance. Clean finish.
Really typical of Adelaide Hills’ Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay – load of citrus and stonefruit. For me the oak was a little too noticeable, but I kept returning to the wine and finding more each visit.
Cases Produced: 250
Sample: Provided by producer
Note: The 2011 has now been released. (Ive been somewhat tardy with this post.)