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Penfolds Chardonnay Thomas Hyland 2010

Penfolds Chardonnay Thomas Hyland 2010

750ML    
Sku: 006488

Minimal filtration preserves the elegance of these fruit flavours and the wine is barrel fermented to increase complexity of aromas. After primary fermentation the chardonnay is matured in French oak barriques for around seven to nine months. The wine is regularly stirred on lees to further enhance palate texture and flavours. Malolactic fermentation is also employed to encourage creaminess and weight. While the Thomas Hyland Chardonnay is a modestly priced wine in Penfolds’ portfolio, it can include fruit relegated from Penfolds’ top white wine, Yattarna.

Rating
88 points Steven Tanzer: Light yellow.  Pear, iodine and toasty lees on the pungent nose.  Spicy and incisive on the palate, offering tangy citrus flavors that give way to deeper orchard fruit and melon with air.  Shows a slight hardness on the dry, stony finish, which lingers with good spiciness.

Wine maker notes
Youthful yellow. The nose shows notes of white stone fruits and subtle citrus blossom, complimented by integrated, nutty oak.

PALATE: The 2007 PENFOLDS Thomas Hyland Chardonnay is very complex, delivering great value for money. The wine has a creamy, nougat mid-palate with refreshing, vibrant fruit flavors; grapefruit, fig and melon. The subtle oak gives the palate structure and complexity.
Winemaker comments by Peter Gago - PENFOLDS Chief Winemaker


Other text
In 2007 the Adelaide Hills experienced a dry winter, with only a small amount of January rainfall resulting in lower than average yields. The dry conditions experienced in South Australia did not affect the region as much as others due to the naturally cooler environment and good supplies of local underground water. All varieties performed well; the highlights were Chardonnay, especially from the sub region of Piccadilly Valley, and Riesling from Gumeracha.

Food pairing
Ideal with chicken, seafood and salads.

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