2013 Croft

Green gold in colour. Pronounced aromas of pear skin, melon, citrus and clove spice are supported by underlying notes of cashew, crème brûlée and honey yoghurt. The palate is complex and layered with flavours of custard apple and white currant, fine acidity, fleshy texture and beautiful weight with an attractive fine French oak finish.

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2013 Croft

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The 2013 harvest was expected to be early, with the Easter full moon very close to the autumn equinox, and sure enough budburst started early in spring 2012 with green shoots emerging in the first week of September suggesting this would be so. All varieties woke to a cool and mild spring, with cabernet the last to greet the sun on October 1. A snow flurry in early October led into a mild November, with warm days and nights providing excellent conditions for flowering. Set was excellent across all varieties. Spring was conspicuous for its dryness but thankfully frost free, and as summer approached the vines developed beautifully balanced canopies and rain was just a distant memory. It was not to rain again until the end of harvest, seven dry months that produced a green drought. As harvest time approached, it was abundantly clear that 2013 was going to be exceptional in terms of yield and quality across all varieties - a rare thing in the lofty airs of Lenswood, where weather events usually dictate terms that are best described as challenging! Chardonnay and riesling were fabulous, as too were sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, merlot and cabernet. Lenswood does not give up her fruit easily but every now and then she tosses a furtive glance your way and delivers the unexpected. The 2013 harvest will be remembered as near perfection in a year of snow and drought, truly a rare and exceptional vintage.

In the Bottle

Vintage 2013
Grape Variety 100% chardonnay grapes grown on Stephen and Prue Henschke’s Lenswood vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.
Technical Details Harvest Date: 4-18 March | Alcohol: 13.5% | pH: 3.36 | Acidity: 5.5g/L
Maturation Whole bunch pressed, wild yeast fermented and aged in 33% new and 67% seasoned French barriques for 10 months with lees stirring.
Background Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased the property in the Adelaide Hills in 1981. At 550m, the Lenswood vineyards offer not only magnificent views over the traditional vine country but also higher rainfall and humidity at the right time of the year, cooler temperatures to retain high natural acidity, and still enough sunshine to fully ripen the grapes. The chardonnay vineyard, which consists of seven clones, has taken its name from Frederick Croft, an orchardist who took up a neighbouring property in 1938.
Cellaring Potential Exceptional vintage, 15+ years (from vintage).

Vintage 2012. 20 February 2014, Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au

Henschke Croft Chardonnay is in a good, solid place once again.Straw-coloured. Rich, complex, shows its oak but has the fruit to match. Peach, toast, yeast and spice. Cuts an attractive groove. Highly textural. Powerful style of chardonnay. Will satisfy and impress most palates without ever really getting the juices flowing.

Vintage 2012. February 2014, Lisa Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com

The 2012 Croft Chardonnay opens with a nose of apple crumble, warm peaches and lightly buttered toast followed by a touch of preserved ginger. Light to medium-bodied, the palate provides a great intensity of stone fruit and savory, yeasty flavors marked by racy acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2018.

Vintage 2010. 19 December 2012, Marvin R. Shanken,Wine Spectator

Fresh and inviting, this starts off light and develops a fleshy texture to its pear, grapefruit and cherimoya flavours, finishing on a creamy note.....

Vintage 2009. September 2011, The Wine Front, Gary Walsh

Wheat, lovely spicy oak, almond, a slight aniseed perfume then into a fair burst of grapefruity flavour. Attractive style.

Vintage 2008. October 2011, Hot 100 South Australian Wines

A taste of flint in the cool tones of this creamy, food style wine which had a good line down the palate described as full, yet elegant.

Vintage 2008. June 2010, Nick Stock, Wine 100

A complex grapefruit pith and nectarine nose that has character and interest galore, with a gentle tropical edge here. Pretty ripe through the palate, plenty of weight and shows the potential of this vineyard... 92 points.

Vintage 2007. December 2007, Rick Allen, Gourmet Traveller

This is a wine with a touch of class about it-elegant and pristine, but with a lovely length and cool climate persistence. Flavours of nectarine, grapefruit and lemon, finishing with fine acid.

Vintage 2006. June 2007, Nick Stock, Adelaide Review

It delivers a rich spectrum of primary fruit, peaches, nectarines, poached pears and finer citrus at the edges. The palate is juicy and ripe, bristling with fresh zesty acidity, upbeat and rippling with intense flavour. This has drive, confidence and cut, a strong core of nectarines and citrus fruit, some cram through the finish, tempered with finesse. World class!

Vintage 2005. May 2007, Ralph Kyte Powell, The Age

Well-made drop, richly endowed with white stone fruit, cashew and creamy notes, and seasoned with classy oak. The mellow palate is seamless, persistent and harmoniously put together.

Vintage 2005. 28 July 2006, Adelaide Review

…There's plenty of ripe stone fruit on offer, all nectarine and peach, followed by baking spices, warm freshly-baked bread and gentle hints of barrel fermentation. The palate is full, rich and round with assertive flavours, density and richness...

Vintage 2004. August 2007, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

Gentle nectarine, white peach and French oak all coalesce on the medium-bodied palate; nice touch of minerality on the finish. Rating 93/100.