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Grey Label Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Grey Label Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Grey Label Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2021

Overview

Overview

Grey Label Chardonnay was sourced from selected vineyards in the more elevated regions of the Adelaide Hills, around Piccadilly and Lenswood. The cool, high-altitude climate benefits from occasional fog and cloud cover which, together with long bursts of gentle sunshine, allow for long, slow ripening and full flavour development, while retaining high natural acidity and low pH. Diversity in vineyard altitudes and soils has ultimately resulted in a true reflection of the region’s terroir – an elegant and complex wine with a purity of fruit and refined flavours. Chardonnay was predominantly hand picked, and was 100% fermented in French oak. 100% malolactic fermentation and 8 months maturation with lees stirring every 2-3 weeks provided complexity and oxidative protection.

Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2021
Country Australia
Region Adelaide Hills
Volume 750 mL
Closure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 12.5%
Peak Drinking Now - 2029
Winemaker The Wolf Blass Team

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

Gold Medal 2022 James Halliday Australian Chardonnay & Cabernet Challenge
95 Points 2022 James Halliday Australian Chardonnay & Cabernet Challenge
Bronze 2022 Hobart Wine Show

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Chicken
Fish
Seafood
Salad
Veg
Spicy Food

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Lively and fresh with bright grapefruit aromas supported by fine, toasted sesame notes and nougat, lifted by wet stone mineral flint.

Flavours and Palate

Delicate yet powerful. A core of bright grapefruit and white nectarine provides succulent flavour, complemented by subtle phenolic texture and a fine long acid line. Well integrated French oak gives complexity to the fruit core while the fine flinty edge adds another layer of interest and speaks of the provenance of this cool climate region.

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.

Good spring rainfall filled soil profiles and encouraged even budburst and the establishment of healthy canopies. Perfect November weather during flowering delivered good set and even development of bunches. Ripening conditions were cool to mild without any heat spikes, allowing for slow even development of flavours with bright acid retention.

Clare Dry - Winemaker

During her teens, Clare's interest in horticulture led to work experience at a winery on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula where she grew up. It took just two days of work experience for her to know she wanted a career in the wine industry. After high school, Clare enrolled in a Bachelor of Oenology (Wine Science) at Adelaide University and then, with a thirst for more practical knowledge before recommencing study, took a gap year to work on a vintage on the Mornington Peninsula, and a second in the Pfalz region of Germany.

Since her graduation in 2007, Clare has been a key member of the Wolf Blass team and works alongside her colleagues to ensure the guiding principles behind each wine are met.

Clare has a strong interest in cool climate wines and is particularly fond of the Adelaide Hills, where she spends a lot of time in vineyards during vintage assessing grapes for harvest, especially Pinot Noir.