2013 BK Wines "Swaby" Chardonnay Adelaide Hills South Australia (Previously $40)

SKU #1294841 95 points James Halliday

 Bright straw-green; a fresh, elegant and expressive wine from start to finish; white peach, citrus, apple and melon are woven together by well-handled oak; the finish draws you back again and again.  (8/2016)

93 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. Intense mineral-accented melon and poached pear aromas are deepened by notes of honey and smoky lees. Firm and sharply focused on the palate, with fresh citrus and exotic fruit flavors sharpened by racy minerality and a suggestion of mint. Acts a lot like a wine from Ramonet. The firm, stony finish shows superb clarity and deep melon and orange zest qualities that linger with excellent tenacity. (JR)  (7/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Chalky, wet-stones nose. A little less intense than the One Ball 2014. But well mannered, discreet and bone dry.  (1/2016)

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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, Mâcon, 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.
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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 wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley 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 and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. 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. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
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South Australia

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Adelaide Hills