d’Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2016

From fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills and part of the “High Altitude Hillbillies” range.

d’Arenberg, The Lucky Lizard, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, 2016

Fermentation and maturation in French oak for 7 months. Nose of yellow stonefruit, smoky oak, hessian and straw with echoes of jersey caramel sweetness. Generous, if a little rough around the edges with nutty oak driven spice underlying crisp nectarine stonefruit and grapefruit. A little barley water, slate and pineapple core linger on the palate before regional acidity tussles with a waxy complexity for the last word. Still needs a little time in the bottle to come together.

RRP: $25
Alc: 13.7%
Rating: 16/20

Wine sample courtesy of d’Arenberg

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