Penfolds Thomas Hyland Chardonnay South Australia 2009
The Thomas Hyland range from Penfolds honours the pioneering spirit of Thomas Hyland, son-in-law of Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold, whose stewarding of the company from the late 1800s until 1914 saw the development of what, in his lifetime, became Australia's most famous name in wine. The wine is light straw in colour with a fine array of white peach and lifted aromas of fresh citrus fruits on the nose, with wafts of pecan provided by the subtle use of French oak. The palate has creamy stonefruit notes with a fine minerality and the citrus acidity keeps the palate taut. Drink now to 2013 with chicken, seafood and salads.
The Thomas Hyland range of wines by Penfolds is named for the Victorian Civil Service officer who married Georgina, daughter of Australian winery founders Mary and Christopher Penfold. Thomas Francis Hyland took over the winery in 1895 after their passing and brought it to new levels of commercial success. The wines are mostly produced in the Adelaide region of Australia, where the winery was first established in 1844.
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