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The origins of the Adelaide Hills as a premium wine growing region stretch as far back as 170 years but it was a tick over 40 years ago that the region was revived and quickly established itself as one of, if not Australia's best cool climate regions producing the majority of super premium white - particularly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in South Australia. The Adelaide Hills is bordered to the north by the Barossa and Eden Valleys but importantly is a much higher altitude resulting in much cooler conditions which suit Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Starlite Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2011 is sourced from a single vineyard in the high altitude Kenton Valley, a premium cool climate site with an altitude of 500 metres above sea level and rainfall not dissimilar to Bordeaux in France! 2011 was an unusually cool and wet vintage, with above average rainfall prior to vintage. The ripening season was cool and long, the resultant wine rich in aromatics and crisp acidity.

Frustrated by the price creep of particularly, 'big company' wines, we set out to make the best possible example of a single vineyard, high altitude, Adelaide Hills Chardonnay while keeping the resultant cost 'real' - this being the brief for all Starlite Wines produced by WineStar. While the target was a sub-$20 retail point, with our resources we have managed to come in well under that mark with quality that punches well above the very modest price.

The Starlite Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2011 is unashamedly fruit driven with freshness and purity the region is famous for. It shows ample white fleshy stone fruit - nectarines, peach, pear and hints of grapefruit. The fruit fills the mouth and the crisp acidity on a long finish provides the texture and balance. This will 'fatten up' further over the next year or two and we believe it to be a bargain for this money.

A long line of fine, cool, high altitude acidity is the fingerprint of one of my favourite high altitude Adelaide Hills vineyards, painstakingly tended by a talented industry legend. He's captured exuberant white peach, honeydew, pink grapefruit and guava, making this a multidextrous quaffer on the table. $13 at WineStar. 90 Points; Tyson Stelzer; Wine Taste Edition 36; October 14th, 2011


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