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Full malolactic fermentation has given this vintage a greater textural influence and luscious mouthfeel.
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Straw with green tints.
Rich peach and nectarine fruit, with nutty French oak aromas.
Stone fruit flavours with a lingering minerality, great length of flavour and balanced acidity.
10 years or more.
Mark O'Leary's Benwerrin vineyard is located at Oakbank in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Aspect is integral to the production of the highest quality fruit. At Benwerrin, the 20-year-old Chardonnay vines are planted on a northerly facing slope. This combination of the cool climate and long days of sunshine develops fantastic stone fruit flavours and aromatic qualities.
Barrel ferment in new French oak, full malolactic fermentation. Six months maturation in oak.
Awards + Reviews
"Fermented in new French oak, followed by 6 months barrel maturation. Ripe peach, as is familiar in the Hills, very focused on the fruit feels. There's raw cashew and almond meal on the palate, too, for further richness. Simple and direct styling works well here." - Tony Love