D'Arenberg the Olive Grove Chardonnay Mclaren Vale South Australia Screwcap 2008
In less than three decades, the viticulturists of McLaren Vale have gained an enviable international reputation for Chardonnay. d’Arenberg was amongst the pioneers of this variety in McLaren Vale, releasing its first bottling in 1984. The appearance is pale with a brilliant straw colour and clear hue. The aromas are fresh, tight and light. The dominating notes are of melted butter and popcorn, white peach stones and nectarines. As the wine opens there is a mix of ripe red apple, spices, cinnamon and citrus, with a hint of oak. The palate is soft and very refreshing though its weight is quite deceptive. With characters of green melon rind, ripe fig and ripe apple, it has a moderate level of concentration, depth and persistence to the finish. The level of fine acidity suggested by the noticeable mineral notes really suppresses the level of ripeness, but also suggests the wine needs time to develop. This is a lovely dry, medium bodied wine that is most enjoyable now and will continue to develop further complex fruit and bottle age characters over the next 8 to 10 years from release.
A deeper and heavier creaminess to this wine compared to other Australian Chards I have tasted. A bit oily on the palette, yet citrus notes are still present and the acid is a bit high (pay attention Sauv Blanc-lovers!) A bit zesty on the palette with a smooth finish