Larry Cherubino has had a particularly distinguished winemaking career, first at Hardys Tintara, then Houghton, and thereafter as consultant/Flying Winemaker in Australia, NZ, South Africa, the US and Italy. He has developed three ranges: at the top is Cherubino; next The Yard, single vineyard wines from WA; and at the bottom the Ad Hoc label, all single region wines. The range and quality of his wines is extraordinary, the prices irresistible.
Ad Hoc is an assembly of varietal wines for any occasion, each wine sourced from its best-suited region in Western Australia.
The name refers to the clone that produces radically different sized berries on each bunch. The result is a wine with great concentration and depth that will leave all other chardonnays at this price gasping for breath - there is a full panoply of chardonnay fruit flavours from melon to vanilla and white peach. Drink to: 2025; Price: $21.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2019; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
Juicy, generous lemon, peach and cashew knit with creamy, nutty oak and lifted by a whiff of tropical fruit and lemon blossom; long and nougat-like, with vibrant, translucently clear fruit and a pristine acidity. Seal: Screwcap; Drink: 2020 to 2023; Rating: 90 Points; Jeremy Oliver; Australian Wine Annual
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