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Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.
Penfolds Cellar Reserve Chardonnay is sourced from the Adelaide Hills. Powerful fruit, fine acidity and maturation in old and new French oak barriques delivers a wine of great balance and complexity.
Fresh and lively fruit flavours of white cherry and white nectarine skin … heirloom tomatoes and balsamic.
A convincing template of purity, prettiness, delicacy and precision. Fruits of shredded green papaya, white nectarine and a hint of citrus. Meshed with these fruits, steel-cut oats and a light, creamy and savoury edge, finishing with a mouth watering, wet stone/river pebble minerality. This Adelaide Hills Chardonnay vintage structurally conveys a purity and precision overtly left unsatisfied by a single glass!
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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.
Above-average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines in the Adelaide Hills healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. September rainfall was significantly above the long-term average. Cool days and cold nights slowed vine growth in early spring with temperatures eventually warming in October. A mild and mostly dry start to summer was followed by two significant rain events after Christmas. January was mild with few hot days and unseasonal rain. Moving into Autumn, mild days slowed ripening with cool nights and warm days persisting until harvest. Mild conditions allowed for a long hang time resulting in terrific flavour development and good acid retention. An excellent vintage for Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.
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.