Fruit for the 2015 Coonawarra Series is predominately from the Williams Vineyard located approximately 5 minutes, by tractor, north of Parker Coonawarra Estate's 'Abbey' vineyard, with the balance sourced from a single vineyard on V&A Lane.
After a favourable growing season, fruit for this Chardonnay was harvested in mid-March before being fermented in new French oak barriques. 65% of these barrels went through malolactic fermentation before the alcohol ferment to tighten the structure of the wine and add complexity.
The V&A fruit was fermented separately in stainless steel to enhance the varietal characters of the finished wine, before the components were blended ahead of bottling.
95 POINTS - KIM BREBACH
Phil Lehmann uses ‘reverse fermentation’ with his Chardonnays, where the malolactic fermentation which converts hard malic acid into softer lactic acid precedes the usual fermentation that converts sugar to alcohol. The resulting wine is full of bright energy and purity, with terrific fruit expression and a lot of fine polish. The French oak takes a back seat, the wine is seamless and perfectly judged and an absolute joy to drink. 95 points. BUY.
93 POINTS - TONY KEYS
Classic chardonnay nose. The wine sits full at the beginning of its journey but reveals elegance as it travels. It ends on the fuller side but is not overblown. Let’s say it’s an attractive lass (or lad) with curves. 93 points and very good value at $24.
90 POINTS - HUON HOOKE
Bright, light yellow hue and an inviting bouquet of lemon, citrus and honey, the palate soft and fruity and not too dry, with grapey appeal and a degree of complexity..
90 POINTS - JAMES HALLIDAY
Peach, apple, pear and citrus flavours give this both plenty of flavour and a deal of zesty/tangy drive. Oak lends a hand but keeps its influence light.
2014 COONAWARRA SERIES CHARDONNAY REVIEWS
94 POINTS – JAMES HALLIDAY
From two vineyards: mainly Williams, with less from another on V&A Lane, the Williams grapes barrel-fermented with wild and cultured yeasts, barrels stored at 2C to extend fermentation time, then 6 months’ lees contact; V&A Lane tank-fermented and matured. It is far more complex than most Coonawarra Chardonnays, with quite intense cool-grown fruit flavours and considerable length.
4 STARS – TONY LOVE
A nice little chardonnay that shines a light on the Coonawarra’s capacity to turn it on, here with delicately sweet white stone fruits with a dash of tropical and floral lift. In theory it should be richer with such ripe flavours but there’s a refreshing undercarriage of natural acidity that offsets the palate and expresses a sweeter lemons sherbet note. Good drinking at this price, though ultra-serious chardonnay geeks may need some convincing.
GOLD MEDAL - 2015 LIMESTONE COAST WINE AWARDS
Chardonnay Class 7 - 2014 vintage white varietals and blends