In the Bottle
|Grape Variety||100% chardonnay grown in the Henschke Cranes Vineyard at Eden Valley.|
|Technical Details||Harvest Date: 29 February Alcohol: 12.5% | pH: 3.35 | Acidity: 6.7 g/L ||
|Maturation||15% aged on lees for 9 months in new and seasoned 225L French barriques. Remainder was aged on lees in tank for complexity without any obvious oak character and blended prior to bottling.|
|Background||Eden Valley is located in the cooler South Mount Lofty Ranges, east of the Barossa Valley, with an altitude of 450-500m, rainfall of around 700mm and well-drained soils consisting of sandy loam over clay. The Cranes Chardonnay has taken its name from Charles Crane, who pioneered the region at the source of the North Para River near Eden Valley in 1866 and after whom the village of Craneford was named.|
|Cellaring Potential||Excellent vintage 5+ years (from vintage).|
Vintage 2009. August 2011, Peter Chapman, Daily Examiner
The only thing you will regret with this wine is when you come to the end of the bottle. Wonderful chardonnay. A sweet, fragrant nose which exhibits lovely pear, citrus and cloves. The rich, full palate is soft and textural with great balance and intensity and a long crisp finish.
Vintage 2007. 2009 James Halliday Wine Companaion
A fine linear style, with citrus and pear fruits, strong minerality, and succulent fruit flavour, the palate is vibrant, and shows good persistence.
Vintage 2006. September 2007, Adelaide Review
This is a proper grown-up complex chardonnay, pure stone fruits and melons are nicely dressed in savoury oak-derived complexity and jewel-like minerals. Beautifully layered texture with focus and style.