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Past Vintages

Tasting Note 2017 Richard Hamilton Almond Grove Chardonnay.pdf
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
Variety: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Vine Age: 20-40 years
Sugar at Picking: 12.6-13.3° Baumé
PH: 3.43
Acidity: 6.54 gms/litre
Residual Sugar: 1.2 gms/litre
Malolactic: 30%
Yeast Type: Natural and Saccharomyces bayanus
Richard Hamilton Almond Grove Chardonnay 2015 new label_web.jpg

2017 Almond Grove Chardonnay

$18.00

COLOUR  Pale light yellow with vibrant greens.

BOUQUET  Nectarine/Peach fruit nose with lovely complexity from French oak maturation.

PALATE  Flavoursome Chardonnay with good persistence and length, finishing with a clean soft acidity

FOOD SUGGESTIONS A full flavoured Chardonnay that will match duck, fish, aubergine lasagne and cheese.

CELLARING POTENTIAL Approachable as a fresh young wine and expect some toastiness as the wine matures over the next 6 years or so.

WINEMAKING NOTES: The cooler conditions in 2017 very well suited the growing of high quality Chardonnay. Picking was in late February and the fruit was pressed then stored cold as juice for an extended time before being fermented in French oak. The wine was stored on lees until February. Final blending was in July 2018, and the wine received a light fining before bottling in August 2018
 
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 2017 is noted as having a later harvest than in recent years, leading to wines of great style and finesse with good cropping levels. Above average rainfall during winter provided excellent soil moisture leading to budburst. The cooler conditions with good rainfall that continued into spring,  led to delayed budburst and subsequent later veraison. March was warmer than average but the absence of heat wave conditions provided the ideal conditions to finish ripening.

OAK TREATMENT: French oak - 25% new for 8 months

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