Huon Hooke: 91 pts
Light to mid yellow; intense white peach, apricot and nougat aromas with hints of grilled hazelnuts and faint underlying smoky char. Medium to full bodied, rich and intense flavours with a refined structure.
Bird in Hand is a family-owned winery cultivating cool-climate wine that captures the spirit of South Australia’s Adelaide Hills. Bottled here and beloved the world over, we produce a varied portfolio of fine wines, each one deliberately designed to celebrate life’s pleasures.
Hand-picked in the cool early morning, grapes were transported to the winery and whole-bunch pressed immediately. Free run juice was pressed directly to French oak barriques, with high solids. Fermentation was 100% wild, with each barrel an individual ferment. Most barrels finished fermentation within 6-7 days, although some took up to 4 weeks. Following primary fermentation, barrels were left to complete a natural malolactic fermentation, during which time barrels were stirred weekly to suspend the lees, giving the wine added texture and flavour. Barrels spent 9 months on their yeast lees before every Chardonnay barrel was tasted and graded by the winemaking team. The Bird in Hand Chardonnay consists of 20% new oak from premium French coopers with the balance from one- to four-year-old barrels.