Adelaide Hills chardonnay has apparently become the new darling of Australia's wine circuit, with numerous examples winning major awards in the past 6 months. One such representative is Yalumba's 2008 FDW[7c], which was voted South Australian Wine of the Year by a panel consisting of Andrew Jefford (UK wine writer), Peter Schell (winemaker - Spinifex), Tom Riley (winemaker - Penfolds), James Erskine (sommelier - Auge) and Louise Radman (Adelaide wine writer).
Opening to a very tight, refined and linear nose, its mineral infused lemon, grapefruit and white peach aromas are backed by a delicate underswell of hazelnut and yeast notes. Considerably rich and creamy upon entry, the bell-clear palate's mineral, citrus and white fruit/flower flavours display wonderful clarity and universal appeal. Its nicely drawn out finish ends with citric acids and a gripping tightness, which although revealing a faint hard edged/bitter aspect, it should settle down with time in the bottle.
ü Another gloriously refined, mineral accented chardonnay from Yalumba with a restrained fruit profile graced by careful winemaker inputs. Although the 2008 is far from my favourite FDW[7c], Yalumba's house style is now completely set and I love it. Drink 2011-2013.