Adelaide Hills Region, Australia
Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased the property in the Adelaide Hills in 1981. The chardonnay vineyard, which consists of seven clones, has taken its name from Frederick Croft, an orchardist who took up a neighbouring property in 1938.
Whole bunch pressed, wild yeast fermented and aged in 33% new and 67% seasoned French barriques for 10 months with lees stirring.
Green gold in colour. Pronounced aromas of pear skin, melon, citrus and clove spice are supported by underlying notes of cashew, crème brûlée and honey yoghurt. The palate is complex and layered with flavours of custard apple and white currant, fine acidity, fleshy texture and beautiful weight with an attractive fine French oak finish.
Exceptional vintage, 15+ years (from vintage).