Wednesday, September 1, 2010


- Adelaide Hills, SA
- $43-$59
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

The first day of spring has arrived and with it comes blue skies (well, today was grey but monday was blue), higher hopes and the news that Grosset's cellar door is about to re-open. To mark the occasion I'm pulling one of Mr Grosset's recent classics from my cellar; the 2004 Piccadilly Chardonnay.

At 6 years old Grosset's Chardonnay is brightly scented with funky, melted butter-like aromas of primary fruits, which have evolved over time with its winemaker inputs to produce a product greater than the sum of its parts. Its fragrance genuinely enthralls the nose, with distinctive tones of cumquat, white nectarine and paw paw underpinned by rich, inviting suggestions of nutty white nougat and vanilla. Smooth, spotless and stylish, its vibrant palate graces the mouth with a wonderfully soft yet full and creamy announcement of perfectly integrated fruit and oak, before the whole package is faultlessly harmonised by soft, fluffy acids that refine the wine as it penetrates, leaving the mouth feeling majestically clean and refreshed.

ü+ An essential Grosset Chardonnay. Drink to 2012.
96 points


  1. Try tasting, Cardinham Estate 2008 Clare Valley Chardonnay

    A stand out Chardonnay, pale straw with aromas of peach and apricots, lingering with stone fruit in abundance, a lovely style of Chardonnay.

    The Story: Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front says: “brand to watch, excellent wines at excellent prices.” 4.5 star James Halliday rated winery 2011 and from the winery that won the 2009 International Riesling Challenge for the Best Riesling in the World. The 2008 Cardinham Chardonnay is pale straw and bright in the glass with peach and apricot, layers of stone fruit, spring floral tones with a palate that is of forward fruit flavours. Balanced with body, stone fruit in abundance, being a generous clean refreshing style that lingers on the palate.

  2. Hi guys,

    Thanks for the comments. I'm in Clare this Sunday and if my companions (and time constraints) allow I'll make sure to drop in on the Cardinham Estate cellar door. Looking forward to it!

    Chris P