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Alpha Crucis Chardonnay 2021

Special Price $55.00 Regular Price $60.00
Medium bodied with spectacular fruit intensity and exceptional length. Stone fruit, citrus, cashews, spice. Glorious.
Alpha Crucis Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Variety
Chardonnay
Vintage
2021
Winemaker
Renae Hirsch
Body
Medium
Sweetness
Dry
Drinking Window
Now - 2028
Bling
94pts James Halliday
Alcohol %
12.3
Closure
Screwcap
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No
A family business for six generations, the Harvey clan have six vineyards spread across McLaren Vale going back to 1897. Alpha Crucis and Chalk Hill wines are small batch, hand crafted wines of distinction, reflective of the unique growing qualities of the region. Chalk Hill also owns the most excellent Alpha Crucis brand making staggeringly good, super premium kit. For value though it’s hard to go past the Chalk Hill branded kit in the $20-30 price range. These wines regularly pick up golds, trophies and big points from wine scribes.
McLaren Vale, SA

Region

McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowne ...
Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons and higher rainfalls. McLaren Vale reds reflect this, showing deep complexity and power along with the ability to cellar for decades. While Shiraz grabs the most attention, chocolate-rich Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Viogniers are worth sampling. The climate is influenced by ocean breezes coming in from the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west and the altitude of the Sellicks Hill ... Read Full Article
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Chardonnay

Variety

Chardonnay

Chardonnay sits on the fence of many a wine enthusiast. Versatile, kind in nature and oh s ...
Chardonnay sits on the fence of many a wine enthusiast. Versatile, kind in nature and oh so compliant, however for most it's still dressed in attire that's so distinctly... 90s. Shoulder pads, overalls and bike shorts saw this particular version of white wine with such a wooded vengeance, we were practically asking the chefs to take the butter out of the meals to make way for it. Thankfully however, times are a changin'. Underneath all that 90s getup reveals elegance and sophistication and Australia is doing its bit to make Chardy interesting again.   History of Chardonnay Chardonnay has had a long and strange history in Australia. Cuttings wer ... Read Full Article
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Chardonnay
Chardonnay

Chardonnay sits on the fence of many a wine enthusiast. Versatile, kind in nature and oh so compliant, however for most it's still dressed in attire that's so distinctly... 90s. Shoulder pads, overalls and bike shorts saw this particular version of white wine with such a wooded vengeance, we were practically asking the chefs to take the butter out of the meals to make way for it. Thankfully however, times are a changin'. Underneath all that 90s getup reveals elegance and sophistication and Australia is doing its bit to make Chardy interesting again.

 

History of Chardonnay

Chardonnay has had a long and strange history in Australia. Cuttings were brought in by James Busby in 1832 and given its massive popularity these days you might imagine we’ve been slurping Chardy since then but the reality is that it wasn’t until the 1970s that Chardonnay was bottled as a single varietal and even then the labelling was as about as a transparent as a politician

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McLaren Vale, SA
McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. The climate is markedly different from the Barossa, being much more Mediterranean with four clear seasons and higher rainfalls. McLaren Vale reds reflect this, showing deep complexity and power along with the ability to cellar for decades. While Shiraz grabs the most attention, chocolate-rich Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Viogniers are worth sampling.

The climate is influenced by ocean breezes coming in from the Gulf of St. Vincent to the west and the altitude of the Sellicks Hill Range to the south. Soil type is varied, ranging from red-brown loam and sand to dark clay and the often-mentioned terra rosa. A misspell of the Italian phrase "terra rossa" (meaning "red soil"), this ruddy-red stuff is left behind when limestone breaks down, and any viticulturist will tell you it's great stuff to grow vines in due

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