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Simon Tolley 2017 Chardonnay Wins Gold at James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge

Posted 12/11/2018

We’re thrilled to announce that our 2017 Chardonnay won GOLD at the 2018 Langton James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge, scoring 95 out of 100 points.

The annual Chardonnay Challenge recognises Australia’s most outstanding Chardonnays. In its seventh year, the JHCC is judged by some of Australia’s most respected wine experts, including renowned wine critic, James Halliday. The challenge has the wines grouped by region, and the judges not told which region they’re tasting. This year there were 544 wines entered from across 36 regions.

As James Halliday says, “Chardonnay is enjoying its spring weather, after a prolonged, dark winter. Winemakers, wine writers, retailers, restaurateurs and consumers are all agreed: it is better than ever before. But winemakers, being winemakers, are not content to rest on their laurels. The challenge is (as ever) to make even better wines next vintage (and each vintage thereafter) than ever before. And this is what the Challenge is all about.”

Here’s Simon’s words about our new release, award-winning Chardonnay:

“The 2017 Chardonnay was a special fruit parcel selected from the family vineyard at Woodside, at approx 430 meters above sea-level. The chardonnay fruit is derived from the Bernard 95 clone, hand-harvested, and has individually selected oak barrels of both new and aged oak.

The 2017 growing season was mild, with below average rainfall and no heat spikes, resulting in a perfect vine canopy with dappled light exposure and maturing in near perfect ripening conditions.

The wine has a medium to full bodied palate with a great structure. The colour is youthful with white peach and pear flavours.

If well cellared, the wine will develop well into the future...”

Our 2017 Chardonnay will be released around mid-2019. Stay tuned!

Buy our 2017 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay online or find your local stockist.