Winemaker Stephen George has long been regarded as an early pioneer of the now well-established viticultural site, the Adelaide Hills. Stephen established his 3ha dry-grown Ashton Hills Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley in the early 1980s and began producing its first wines in 1987. The style reflects the region’s strong similarity to Burgundy and production levels have stayed true to the boutique nature of the winery’s beginnings.
From 2 sites across the valley, wild fermented, matured in a mix of old and new Burgundian barrels. But forget the technical. This is straight-out-of-the-blocks pure and delicious chardonnay, with just the right amount of all the elements fitting exactly together: exact ripeness in the white stone-fruit flavours, citrus acidity, oak-encouraged creaminess and finishing pithy texture. Purity, refreshment, A-list. Drink to: 2028; Price: $40.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2021; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; Tony Love; James Halliday Wine Companion
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