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Cellar Reserve Chardonnay 2018

Penfolds

Cellar Reserve Chardonnay 2018

Penfolds

Cellar Reserve Chardonnay 2018

750 mL
£30.00
6 x 750 mL
£180.00

Overview

Overview

Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style. The 2018 Penfolds Cellar Reserve Chardonnay is sourced from Tasmania.

Powerful fruit, fine acidity and maturation in old and new French oak barriques delivers a wine of great balance and complexity.

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2018
Country Australia
Region Northern Tasmania
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 13.5%
Peak Drinking Now to 2025
Winemaker The Penfolds Team

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Chicken
Fish
Seafood
Pork
Cheese
Pasta
Veg

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Immediately closed but given a swirl and some air this wine opens up beautifully. Lovely purity of fruit but at the same time showing great complexity. Lemony, citrus fruits and grapefruit pith hover over savoury nougat, cashew and crème brulee with a light hint of sea spray and gun smoke/flint.

Flavours and Palate

Superb palate, very linear with lemon citrus drive and focus. The French oak is beautifully integrated and barely noticeable. A chalky, mouth watering, juicy acidity runs right through the palate with a slatey/powdery phenolic grip to finish. A lovely Chardonnay delivering wonderful length of flavour

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Map of South Australia

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

The Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s younger wine regions, but it’s as savvy as its famous Sauv Blanc. With a cool climate and high altitude, its dynamic winemakers are also responsible for top notch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Vintage Conditions

After a cool start to the season, the weather quickly warmed at the beginning of spring. There were no frost events and flowering conditions were ideal, being warm and dry. Apart from some early December rainfall, the summer was dry and temperatures were mild, with no extreme heat. Chardonnay yields were excellent and harvest was early and untroubled by disease. Overall, an exceptional growing season.

Winemaker team portrait

The Penfolds Team

Key to the success of Penfolds has been a lineage of visionary winemakers. There have only ever been four Chief Winemakers at the helm of Penfolds – Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, each a custodian of a rich winemaking tradition that goes back for more than 170 years.

Our current Penfolds winemaking team has more than 100 years between them as Penfolds winemakers. They are constantly refining and improving their work, whilst honouring the winemaking techniques of their predecessors.