Eden Valley Region, Australia
Over five generations the Hill-Smith family has been a pioneer in locating exceptional vineyard sites that maximise the personality of its wines. These wines celebrate the symmetry of region and variety, from vineyards in the Eden Valley in the rugged and undulating high country of the Barossa and from the cool, steep slopes of the picturesque Adelaide Hills.
Capitalising on our experience and success with growing the original Burgundian clones in our family vineyards, plantings of these special clones in selected growers’ vineyards have now come of age for this blend.
85% of the blend was fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (22% new, balance in 1-3 year old oak).
Hill-Smith Estate Eden Valley Chardonnay has lifted aromas of stone fruits and citrus blossom combined with a smoky wild yeast complexity and subtle hints of flint and grilled cashews. Generous flavours of ripe stone fruits, quince and white nougat are balanced by restrained citrus zest acidity. A fine, creamy lemon curd texture underpins the palate leading to a long and slightly savoury finish.