Cellar Reserve

Cellar Reserve Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015

Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines are alternative, limited release wines that explore the innovative boundaries of viticulture, vinification and style.

Cellar Reserve Chardonnay is sourced from a single vineyard in Kenton Valley in the Adelaide Hills. Powerful fruit, fine acidity and maturation in old and new French oak barriques has delivered a wine of great balance and complexity. 

When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2021.

Taste Description

Colour
Pale straw tussling with a lime green hue .

Nose
Instantly extols a classic Adelaide Hills persona – white peach and nectarine, courted by aromas of nougat, toasted almonds.
Creamy, cedary and slightly charry French oak ensures enhanced complexity – seamlessly aligning with fruits.
Consummated by a refreshing undertone of sea spray and appealing rock/cordite flint. 

Palate
A wave of white-peach purity initially monopolises…
Yet emboldened by creamy, nutty and savoury ‘brie-like’ characters, still retaining a mouth-watering disposition.
A refreshing palate possessive of a wonderful linearity, no doubt arising from a formidable mineral-acid spine.
A stately phenolic “grip”, courtesy of the absence of any fining, adds length and structural scale.

Technical Information

Origin: Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Maturation: 9 months in French oak barriques (35% new and 65% seasoned).

Variety: Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions

Autumn and winter rainfall were above the long-term averages. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with nothing more than light and infrequent showers observed throughout spring. A significant rainfall event in early January revitalised vineyards and gave vines a much needed boost throughout veraison. Mild days coupled with cool nights provided consistent conditions, resulting in high acid retention with even and steady sugar accumulation over the ripening phase.

Harvest across most vineyards in the Adelaide Hills was compressed with the majority of the vineyards picked by the end of March.

History

First vintage: 2007

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