Henschke's Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills

Thursday 19 January 2012

Penfolds, Thomas Hyland Chardonnay (2009)

Adelaide, South Australia
13%, screwcap, around $18

Light straw. Aromas of almonds, peach, nectarine and classy oak. On the rather simple palate, subtle nectarine with some grapefruit notes - 90.

A nice wine, but I am not at all enthusiastic about the current trend for Australian Chardonnay which emphasises cool climate fruit, picked early and with little to no malolactic fermentation. The overdone Chardonnays of the 80's are well behind us, but it is my view that the pendulum has now swung too far in the opposite direction.

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