Classic cool-climate chardonnay, whose green-apple and lemon flavours are lifted by the addition of a small amount of apricot-laden perfumed viognier grape. A skilful blend at an everyday price.
Product Code: AU19601
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With its warm dry climate, scorching summer days and cold winter nights, the Swan Hill region, in north-western Victoria, produces a wide variety of fruit and vegetables as well as grapes. This wine was made by Roseworthy graduate Andrew Peace who produces a number of varietals at his winery at Piangil, on the banks of the Murray River, a four-hour drive from Melbourne. The estate was bought by Andrew's dad in 1980, after he drove by the property, which was much smaller then, and decided to buy it as a means to escape the rat race and retreat to at the weekends. Andrew produced the first commercial vintage here in 1995 and now owns 100 hectares planted with a range of varieties and makes a portfolio of wine styles, still, fortified and sparkling. As well as his own extensive vineyards he sources fruit from various other vineyards. Despite expanding steadily the estate remains family owned with several members involved it its running.
Victoria is the southernmost state on the Australian mainland and contains within its borders a diverse collection of terroirs, perhaps the most varied within Australia. This diversity has helped the state to earn an enviable reputation for the quality of its wines, the areas that they hail from and its wineries.It has a long history since the first settlers in the region planted vines, but the catalyst for expansion was the gold rush of the mid-19th century which saw many a vineyard established. This promising start was stalled dramatically by the arrival of phylloxera in the 1870’s and to this day the Victoria produce less than half the amount produced in neighbouring South Australia despite having many more vineyards. Despite its small size (it is the smallest state other than Tasmania) it has an amazing diversity of terroirs, from the dry, torrid north-east where fortified wines are king, to the positively chilly by comparison Mornington Peninsula due south of Melbourne on the coast. It also embraces a fair chunk of the Murray Darling region where irrigation makes the vast expanses of vineyard a possibility and from where three quarters of the state’s grape yield derives.The Yarra Valley is a short car ride to the north of Melbourne, and has a wide selection of tourist diversions to prove it. It also has an array of excellent estates and vineyards at various elevations and in a variety of soils, from clay and sand to volcanic. Rediscovered in the 1960s and prized for its cool nights and warm, sunny days, it has become synonymous with excellent pinot noirs and elegant, intense chardonnays that are doing much to reclaim Australia’s reputation for the variety. Shiraz has also proved a success in a more restrained style.To the south of Melbourne, and benefiting fully from an unrelenting oceanic influence on its doorstep is the Mornington Peninsula. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean and Port Phillip Bay on three sides, and moderated by the breezes these expanses of water generate the summer climate on the peninsula is for the most part temperate. This is a region of small estates producing some of the most elegant and refined pinot noirs in the new world let alone Australia. The soils vary from volcanic deposits to sandy clay and after pinot noir there is fine chardonnay and an increasing volume of pinot gris. Close to Melbourne the area of Geelong enjoys a windy, maritime climate but is slightly warmer, making plump pinot and some delicious shiraz and chardonnay.In the north-east lies one of the great wine regions of Australia, though it is not shiraz, or chardonnay nor riesling for which it is famed, but rather the muscat grape, made into a fortified treasure that is unique to the area and which is one of Australia’s great vinous jewels. Rutherglen Liqueur Muscats, and Muscadelles, can hold their head up in the company of any great port, sherry or Madeira for their rich, complex, silky and concentrated character. The summers here are torrid, the landscape arid and the grapes full of sugar. And the red table wines made are dense, brooding examples that are improving all the time. But it is the joyous fortifieds that steal the show.
Overall 2016 was a positive vintage for Australia with good volumes, and generally high quality wines being produced. It was an early harvest in Victoria, following on from a very early bud break, with even most of the cabernet picked by mid-March. 2016 was warm but with relatively few heat spikes, allowing good fruit concentration to build.
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"Bright full lemon appearance with apricot notes. It had a round entry with lovely fresh acidity coupled with a little fat or waxiness. With peach and yellow plums following through on the aftertaste it is a surprisingly good wine at this price level."
Mr David Chittleborough (02-Feb-2017)
Miss Louise Byrne (11-Aug-2016)
"A good blend for those who normally find Viognier a bit flabby - here the acidity of the Chardonnay brings the wine nicely into balance while the heady peach and apricot aromas of the Viognier give the character to the wine."
Mr Barry Smith (04-Nov-2015)
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