Under the esteemed guidance of Brian Croser, Petaluma practically invented the concept of top quality Adelaide Hills chardonnay. Early Petaluma Chardonnays came from regions as diverse as Cowra, Coonawarra and Clare, but since the late 80's its home has been the cool, high altitude Piccadilly Valley sub-region. It's since become one of Australia's most consistent, brilliant and undervalued chardonnays.
Showing a fair amount of restraint to its gently understated fruit base, the 2007 Petaluma proclaims an immediate whiff of toasty vanilla oak covering grapefruit, nectarine and lemon citrus aromas. Decidedly round, luscious and creamy, it contains an almost bitter cut of grapefruit-like acids over buttery undertones, with a rich, chewy finish that does show some complex cashew/herbal elements, but just lacks true punch and harmony to the end.
O The 2007 isn't the refined, elegant or complex chardonnay one would normally expect from Petaluma, however, its generously flavoured, worked nuances are supported by enough acid and textural interest to provide short term appeal. For the first time in years I think this isn't superb value for money. Drink to 2012.