Michael Hall Chardonnay: Cool Grooves and a bit of Funk

Michael Hall 2010 Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay

Mt Lofty summit overlooking Adelaide

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.

Michael Hall Chardonnay

Michael Hall Chardonnay

RRP $40
Alc 13.5%
Cases Produced: 250
Sample: Provided by producer

Note: The 2011 has now been released.  (Ive been somewhat tardy with this post.)

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2 Responses to Michael Hall Chardonnay: Cool Grooves and a bit of Funk

  1. I’m just starting to warm to Australian Chardonnays after being completely turned off all of the heavy wood of the ’90’s, so it’s a shame this one is still a little pronounced.

    • There has been quite a change in winemaking styles over the years. From WAY too much oak, then to none what so ever. Now days most winemakers are more restrained with their use, supporting the fruit but usually not playing a dominant role. But there are plenty of options across Adelaide Hills, and over the broad range of styles.

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