The 2016 Summers Chardonnay fruit was sourced from the premium cool-climate region of the Adelaide Hills. This is the first vintage of Summers Chardonnay to be 100% sourced from the Adelaide Hills, which is becoming widely regarded as one of the best Chardonnay regions in Australia. The 2016 vintage saw warm and dry conditions during December and January with cooler conditions following, allowing full ripening with rich flavour development.
This is a single-vineyard (90% of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the Short Vineyard, Balhannah) Chardonnay that has been lovingly crafted from top-quality hand-picked fruit, which was chilled, gently whole-bunch pressed and vinified in premium French Oak barrels with a specially selected range of yeast strains. Maturation in oak on full yeast lees with regular battonage aids in the creation of a complex and creamy style of Chardonnay.
Pale straw in colour with platinum highlights, the 2016 Summers Chardonnay is a prime example of cool-climate barrel-fermented Chardonnay. The nose is a symphony of citrus, peach blossom and rockmelon, accented by sweet notes of toasted brioche with creamed honey, the sweet spice characters of fresh hot cross buns, and a touch of cheesy funk that adds exotic complexity to the bouquet. The palate is creamy yet crisp with excellent natural acidity with near-perfect structure and flow across the palate. It\'s awash with the flavours of fresh citrus, white peach and lemongrass, complemented by honeyed oatmeal, vanilla and cocoa butter with a hint of yeasty sourdough-like funk. The palate is long and luscious with a creamy mid-palate leading through to a crisply refreshing finish. A superbly complex and elegant wine with both richness and finesse, with ageing potential of up to 20 years from vintage.
Grant Burge Summers Chardonnay 750ml