2012 Cranes Eden Valley Chardonnay

Pale straw with green hues. Lifted aromas of fragrant white peach and nectarine, pear skin and clove with underlying hints of nougat, bread dough, vanilla and grapefruit. The palate is rich and complex, exhibiting nashi pear, melon and grapefruit flavours, with a beautifully balanced mid-palate weight, creamy texture and a fine line of acidity that provides purity and length.

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2012 Cranes Eden Valley Chardonnay

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The La NiƱa pattern weakened during the lead-up to the 2012 vintage, resulting in below average winter and spring rainfall. July was the driest since the serious drought of 2003. Spring was mild with few frost events; however, flowering and fruit set were affected by wet drizzly weather in mid to late November, leading to only average yields. Summer was also surprisingly mild with below average temperatures from southerlies off the ocean in January and only two short heat events, at New Year and at the end of February. This provided for slow ripening, which allowed for intense fruit flavours, high colour figures, high acidity and mature tannins. Rainfall leading up to vintage was above average, with the heaviest rainfall events in late January and late February, which tied in well with the natural physiology of the dry-grown vines; ie, keeping leaves active at veraison and ripening. Temperatures were mild during harvest through March, warming to an Indian summer in April, allowing for a long window of picking and amazing maturities with the red varieties.

In the Bottle

Vintage 2012
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.