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Past Vintages

Tasting Note 2016 Richard Hamilton Almond Grove Chardonnay.pdf
Tasting Note 2015 RH Almond Grove Chardonnay NEW.pdf
Tasting Note 2014 RH Almond Grove Chardonnay.pdf
Tasting Note 2013 RH Almond Grove Chardonnay.pdf
Tasting Note 2012 RH Almond Grove Chardonnay_no price.pdf
Tasting Note 2012 RH Almond Grove Chardonnay.pdf
Tasting Note 2011 RH Almond Grove Chardonnay No Price.pdf
Tasting Note 2010 RH Almond Grove Chardonnay.pdf
Tasting Note 2009 RH Almond Grove Chardonnay.pdf
Tasting Note 08 RH Almond Grove Chard.pdf
Tasting Note 07 RH Almond Grove Chard.pdf
Tasting Note 06 RH AG Chardonnay.pdf

Technical Data

Region: 
McLaren Vale

Alcohol:
13%

Sugar at Picking: 
13°Baumé

PH: 
3.21

Acidity: 
5.7gms/litre

Residual Sugar: 
0.29 gms/litre

Richard Hamilton Almond Grove Chardonnay 2015 new label_web.jpg

2016 Almond Grove Chardonnay

$18.00

COLOUR 
Medium straw with attractive green tints.

BOUQUET 
Full ripe peach nose complexed with an elegant nutty vanilla influence from French oak.

PALATE 
This is a restrained, medium bodied style with a persistent flavour finishing with a  soft acidity. Flavours are in the spectrum of nectarine and peach.

FOOD SUGGESTIONS 
An excellent companion for poultry, seafood or pasta.

CELLARING POTENTIAL 
The wine should drink well over the next 3-5 years. Expect the colour to show more golden tints in four or so years and the nose and palate to develop attractive French toast flavours.

WINEMAKING NOTES  
We promote dappled light in our vineyards to provide slower ripening and less exposure to direct sunlight to ensure the berries are fresh and crisp. Moderate yields of 5-7 tonnes/ha. The free run juice was cold settled before fermentation with French oak and the resulting wine was kept on lees to promote length and creaminess and allowed to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. On final blending, the wine received a light fining while stabilising and was bottled in early November 2015.
 
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
‘Almond Grove’ has obtained its name from the almonds which were widely grown in McLaren Vale on land which now bears our vineyards. Richard Hamilton is noted as the first to have planted Chardonnay in McLaren Vale (in 1972).
 
VINTAGE CONDITIONS
The lead up to vintage was quite dry in McLaren Vale leading to modest crops. Early and mid February saw some above average temperatures alleviated by some rain in mid February which replenished the vines. Subsequent cooler weather slowed ripening to present a later harvest than in recent years. Quality is sensational

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