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Professional Ratings: 91 Wine Enthusiast, 90 The Wine Advocate, 90 Australian Wine Companion
Region: South Australia, Australia
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines, Green Wines
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 95881
The aroma is very complex and tight. It is dominated by smoky oak and lees fermentation notes with fruit characters suggesting ripe red apples, grapefruit and cold river pebble mineral notes. The flavors are from the cool-climate spectrum dominated with ripe citrus and minerals mixes with nectarines, green melon rind, roasted pistachios and flower stems.
Background:During the summer, Bearded Dragon Lizards sun themselves in the vineyards and find their way into a load of grapes destined for the winery. Lucky for the lizards, d'Arenberg uses a very gentle Demoisy crusher which allows the lizards to pass through the ordeal unharmed and they are returned back to the bushland next to the winery.
D’Arenberg is better known for its red wines, but this promising effort from the Adelaide Hills is one to watch. Vanilla and custardy notes mark the nose, while the flavors turn toasty and cereal-like, backed by plenty of mixed citrus fruit. It’s not overly rich or ripe, but has long, mouthwatering finish.
The 2007 The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay was barrel-fermented and aged for eight months in French oak, 35% new. It is light straw-colored with a nose redolent of baked Granny Smith apples. Creamy and layered on the palate, it has excellent depth and concentration and should drink well over the next two years.
Tangy grapefruit dominant, plus some stone fruit; subtle oak; has good length and thrust.