2007 Thorn-Clarke Terra Barossa "Single Vineyard" Chardonnay Eden Valley South Australia

SKU #1047200

91 points Wine Spectator: "This sneaks up on you. A pretty, open-textured wine at first, but the pear, melon and spice flavors just keep sailing on, getting deeper and longer. It has elegance and restraint, but won't shortchange on flavor. Drink now through 2012." (11/08 We've been carrying the wines from Thorn Clarke since 2002, and they have consistently produced a portfolio that has over-delivered for the price. The fact that they own the four vineyard sources, two in the Barossa Valley and two in the cooler sub-region of Eden Valley, allows them control the viticulture and to choose from the different sites appropriate to the varietal. Winemaker Derek Fitzgerald, has worked in both the warm and cooler regions in Australia, which makes him a perfect choice to work with the nuances from the various vineyards. The 2007 vintage provided a mild and long ripening season that gave the white wines a vibrant, fruit-driven flavor profile, coupled with great acidity. The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Mount Crawford vineyard. After a cool ferment, the wine was racked and filtered with a small amount of French oak used to add a spice note. The bouquet is lifted with aromas of peach, nectarine, white flowers, a hint of butterscotch and notes of cinnamon and clove. On the palate, there are rich, bright flavors with a creamy texture that is supported by juicy, lively acidity that leads to a long refreshing finish. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Australian wine buyer)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Eden Valley