XO Wine Co Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2019 (RRP $32 WM $27.90)

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Pale straw with vibrant green hues

Delicate lifted nose showing primary fruits of new season peach, honeydew melon, roast figs and a hint of citrus and crisp green apple. Secondary notes of understated spicy oak and a hint of buttered toast.

Well balanced upfront flavours of rich stone fruits, rockmelon, citrus and fig, tight linear natural acidity gives drive and length. Rich rounded palate with savoury oak notes is balanced with a subtle textural edge to the wine.

Wine Analysis Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.25 TA: 7.4g/L

Sourced from 2 vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. One from Kuitpo and the other from Kenton Valley. Both Vineyards are planted to I10V1 and managed with strict VSP trellising. The Kuipto vineyard has a North Facing Aspect with East-West row orientation and is at an elevation of 380m with soils of sandy loam over siltstone. The Kenton Valley vineyard is easterly facing with an elevation of 450m. The site produces wines with elegant and pure fruit characteristics.

Handpicked and whole bunch pressed directly to two and three year old French oak hogsheads. Fermented with four varietal enhancing yeast strains and 25% was put through MLF. Lees stirred for 12 months before being left to mature for a further 6 month in oak before bottling.

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