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Gold Label Regional Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Wolf Blass

Gold Label Regional Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Wolf Blass

Gold Label Regional Reserve Chardonnay 2017

750 mL
£16.00
6 x 750 mL
£96.00

Overview

Overview

Our Adelaide Hills vineyards grow elegant, complex Chardonnays with clarity of fruit and regional expression. Select parcels of fruit were hand picked and whole-bunch pressed before fermentation in small batches using a combination of wild and cultured yeast and natural malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was left to mature on lees with regular barrel stirring to build texture and complexity.

Gold Label Adelaide Hills Chardonnay is the supreme expression of region & variety. The nose displays enticing aromas of stone fruits, honeydew melon and a hint of grapefruit, while the palate is rich & balanced, with a fine acid line.

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2017
Country Australia
Region Multi-Region Blend
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 12.5%
Winemaker John Ashwell

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Chicken
Pork

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

The nose shows good intensity, with citrus and grapefruit notes over peach and nutty aromas, enhanced by well-integrated, fine French oak.

Flavours and Palate

The nose shows good intensity, with citrus and grapefruit notes over peach and nutty aromas, enhanced by well-integrated, fine French oak.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Map of South Australia

South Australia

Home to the oldest vines in the country, and no less than 18 wine growing regions, South Australia accounts for almost 50% of Australia’s wine production. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra are well known for their world class reds, with Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Eden Valley praised for their exceptional Chardonnay and Riesling.

Vintage Conditions

Above average winter rainfall set up the growing season with optimal soil moisture. Spring was cool and wet, with good conditions during late flowering. Cool weather continued into summer, with mostly moderate conditions remaining right through to a delayed harvest, maintaining vine balance, extending ripening, and ensuring excellent aroma and flavour development.

Winemaker portrait

John Ashwell - Winemaker

John's passion for the wine industry was nurtured early on by his parents, through their own interest in grape growing and determination to set up a successful boutique winery.

As John got older he went on to manage his parents' vineyard in Queensland, located 800 metres above sea level on the Great Dividing Range. For the next two years John followed the annual cycle of grape vines with keen interest, before deciding it was time to learn how to turn grapes into wine.

He enrolled in a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) at Charles Sturt University in 2003, and the following years saw John studying while working in Central Victoria, the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and Sonoma County in California.

Returning to Australia for vintage in 2008, he decided South Australia was where he would be best placed to continue his winemaking education, so he packed his car with all his belongings and hit the road.

John started at Wolf Blass as a Vintage Winemaker in 2009, and has been working with us ever since. The range of wine styles and winemaking options available are a constant source of inspiration to him, and help drive his determination to ensure every wine under his care is the best it can possibly be.