2009 Tasting Notes

The Thomas Hyland range honours the pioneering spirit of Thomas Hyland, son-in-law of Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold, whose stewardship of the company from the late 1800s until 1914 saw the development of what, in his lifetime, became Australia's most famous name in wine.

The Penfolds Thomas Hyland Cool Climate Chardonnay in 2009 was primarily sourced from Adelaide Hills - including a substantial component (11%) from the famous Piccadilly subregion.


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The Thomas Hyland Chardonnay has evolved since the inaugural 2001 vintage, with winemakers adjusting down the level of new oak, to bring to the fore the clear fruit definition synonymous with cool climate Adelaide chardonnay.

Minimal filtration preserves the elegance of these fruit flavours and the wine is barrel fermented to increase complexity of aromas. 

After primary fermentation the chardonnay is matured in French oak barriques for around seven to nine months. The wine is regularly stirred on lees to further enhance palate texture and flavours. Malolactic fermentation is also employed to encourage creaminess and weight. 

While the Thomas Hyland Chardonnay is a modestly priced wine in Penfolds’ portfolio, it can include fruit relegated from Penfolds’ top white wine, Yattarna.

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  • Thai chicken salad
  • Spaghetti alio e olio
  • Wine Name & Year
  • Show Name & Year
  • Award & Class
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2008
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 1
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2008
    Perth Royal Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 28
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2006
    National Wine Show of Australia 2007
    TROPHY - Class 4
    Trophy Details
    The Royal National Capital Agricultural Society Trophy for the Best Dry White Table Wine - Commercial Classes
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2008
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009
    GOLD - Class 16
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2007
    The New Zealand International Wine Show 2009
    GOLD
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2008
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2009
    TROPHY - Class 1
    Trophy Details
    The JB Macmahon Trophy for Best White Wine under $20
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2006
    National Wine Show of Australia 2007
    GOLD - Class 4
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2008
    International Chardonnay Challenge 2010
    TROPHY - Class 1c
    Trophy Details
    Recommended Top 6 Selection
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2008
    Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition 2009
    GOLD
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2007
    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 4
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2008
    Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show 2010
    TROPHY
    Trophy Details
    The Liquorland Perpetual Trophy best commercial white wine, classes 1 to 6
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2008
    Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show 2010
    GOLD - Class 4
  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Adelaide Chardonnay 2007
    International Wine Challenge 2009
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