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2018 Vintage was a standout in Adelaide Hills for chardonnay. Our grapes were harvested early morning when the temperature is cool to avoid the sugar levels rising and to preserve the quality of the fruit, before being cold fermented to help capture all the natural fruit aromas. Very light straw yellow in colour, on the nose it is mostly about grapefruit, melons, apples and nectarine. It is a great example of an unwooded
chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills stylistically.
The wine is refreshing and crisp, with a full rounded palate with stone fruits and then finishing with minerality and complexity. There are some ‘green’ notes on the nose and back palate to give it lift.
“The Mike Press wines reflect the skill of 40 years of winemaking, the economies of estate-grown grapes, and the absence of the cost of a dedicated estate winery. An unwooded chardonnay ‘planted, nurtured and harvested right outside our kitchen window’, a nice touch. The bouquet is fragrant, with citrus blossom, apple and melon, the tingling, fresh and zesty palate built on grapefruit and lively acidity running through to the fresh finish. Obviously enough, it’s made for early drinking, but won’t become blowsy
with age” James Halliday