'Brightview' Chardonnay, Simon Hackett, Adelaide Hills

Country : Australia

Grape Variety : Chardonnay

An elegant, cool climate boutique Ozzie Chardonnay. Simon Hackett takes grapes from this single vineyard plot to produce a rich and peachy white, with creamy texture beautifully balanced by a fresh acidity and very subtle notes of spice. 

Tasting Note : Fairly restrained on the nose, with fresh stone fruit and melon aromas. On the palate, the wine is a delicious combination of ripe peach and buttery flavours, citrussy freshness and a touch of toastiness.

Food Pairing : Luxury fish pie; baked halibut; creamy mushroom pasta; roast chicken.

More info : Don't write this off as an oaky monster! This wine shows just how elegant and balanced well-made Australian Chardonnay can be. From the cool vineyards of the Adelaide Hills, the juice is cool fermented and spends around three months in oak before bottling. Simon was one of the first Australian producers to pare back the effect of oak in his wines, allowing the character of the grapes and the terroir to dominate the style, rather than heavy vanilla oak flavours.

Winery : Simon Hackett grew up in the Barossa Valley, part of a family steeped in winemaking tradition. Having decided on a winemaking career for himself, Simon learnt his trade under veteran winemaker, Peter Lehmann, before eventually branching out and making his own wines. His small 8-hectare estate comprises some very old, dry-grown vines, which give low yields of grapes high in mineral content and flavour. Simon also has long-standing contracts with growers in Barossa and McLaren Vale, but deliberately keeps production low so he can individually hand-craft each of his products. The wines are fermented in open fermenters in the traditional way, and both French and American oak barrels are used for ageing.