Part of Fourth Wave Wine’s Little Giant range and made by Corey Ryan. I’d like to see this bottled in the blue livery, akin to the Pinot Gris to give it a point of difference from its red brethren. Just a personal observation. You get a lot of winemaking for the dollars here: Fruit taken from 3 Adelaide Hills vineyards (one in the North and two in the South), cool fermentation (20% new oak) and 10% malolactic fermentation.
Little Giant, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, 2021
Pale straw hue. Very fragrant, quite a bit jumping out of the glass on the table: grapefruit, apple skin, lemonade, lemon sorbet, white nectarine, crisp water cracker, touches of meal and mineral water. Palate builds more to the savoury, fuller approach to Mod Oz Chardy with more of the mealy, yeasty umami lees work showing over bittersweet grapefruit citrus, white stonefruit and a juicy spike. A touch short through the finish but showing solid structure for those that like their Chardy with some heft.
Rating: 17.25/20 (89/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Fourth Wave Wine