“Every year, tasting the new releases of Mike Press Wines fills me with a sense of wonder: how is it possible that such beautifully made wines should have such impossibly low prices? It’s been the case for so long, I eventually took the decision to give the winery five stars every year in my Wine Companion regardless of the points. No other winery has achieved that acknowledgment.” JAMES HALLIDAY
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