Orlando Hilary Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2019
97 POINT RATED WINESTATE MAGAZINE & 94 POINT RATED TONY LOVE ICONIC HILARY CHARDONNAY RETURNS
- 97 POINT RATED WINESTATE MAGAZINE
- 94 POINT RATED TONY LOVE WINE PILOT
- 93 POINT RATED TYSON STELZER WINE COMPANION
- 93 POINT RATED MIKE BENNIE THE WINE FRONT
- PRODUCED BY ICON ORLANDO WINES ESTABLISHED IN 1847
Pale straw with flashes of green.
Quintessential Adelaide Hills with white nectarine, lemon curd and hazelnut aromas, and underlying mineral characters in the background.
Palate shows restraint with a nougat and creamy elegance. Subtle flavours along with the typical Adelaide Hills acid line bring freshness and length.
97 Point Rated - Winestate Magazine
"A great style with a flinty mandarin/orange-like citrus nose and ripe fruit flavours with a mineral edge and showing excellent length and richness. At its peak."
94 Point Rated - Tony Love Wine Pilot
"More than 90% Piccadilly Valley sourced, so already a great start. And while this drinks with an energetic freshness and plenty of zing to it, the magic here is how all its chardonnay flavour and shape has been retained: typical white stone fruits, certainly on the crunchy side, with its lemon juices and citrussy elements in play along with clever oak management, just a tweak of it on the palate with a sense of nutty creaminess. But none of this is anywhere near being overworked or overblown, the wine’s acidity in the driving seat for the whole journey. Don’t drink this too cold, as the acidity will be accentuated above the fruit – and you want to see the lot of it for its best expression. "
93 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer James Halliday Wine Companion
"92% Piccadilly fruit, 40% hand harvested. Fermented and matured 9 months in new and old 300L and 500L French oak barrels, partial mlf. Best barrels selected. Testament to the elegance and precision of the cool Piccadilly Valley, this is a chardonnay of graceful potential. Wonderful lemon tension is fused with white peach and fragrant hints of apple blossom. Classy French oak provides well-gauged support. One of the finest Hilarys yet, with a beautiful finish set off by a long stream of cool acidity."
93 Point Rated Mike Bennie The Wine Front
"St goes off the Hilary and we get this wine. Adelaide Hills, Piccadilly zone, all large format oak, bit of lees work. New look from Orlando here.
Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2020
Hilar Adelaide Hills Chardonnay is a thoroughly modern and elegant Australian Chardonnay that offers a creamy style with subtle flavours and approachable character. The restrained use of oak balances the quintessential Adelaide Hills fruit character.
The previous winter began with unseasonably dry conditions, but June and July had above average rainfall. Despite conditions being cold early in the season, soil temperatures rose to ensure an even budburst and good development of flowers. However, unseasonably cold conditions at the beginning of flowering resulted in poor fruit set in some varieties. In addition to record temperatures in late January, the region experienced two short heatwaves, with cooler conditions between the heat spikes. This combined with a mild autumn, resulted in good flavours, albeit a small crop.
Blocks from selected Piccadilly vineyards with their pure line and fine acid linear profile provide the backbone of this contemporary Chardonnay.
Carefully selected parcels of fruit were fermented individually in a combination of new and one year old 300L and 500L French oak barrels. Partial malolactic fermentation was used to build texture while retaining freshness. A selection of specific barrels was used to create a balanced blend.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar 1-3 years|