Paradise IV Chardonnay 2016
The hallmarks of Neal's philosophy are the low alcohol levels of the five vintages so far made between 12.9% and 13.3%; basket pressing of destemmed bunches; wild fermetation of cloudy juice in 20% new French oak; limited use of sulphur dioxide; and virtually no stirring. Pale straw-green, the wine is unexpectedly rich, indeed bordering on luscious, stone fruit interwoven with toasty/creamy/nutty nuances, then a cleansing line of acidity to the finish.
13.1% alc; screwcap; 94 points; drink to 2017 James Halliday
Third in Jeremy Oliver's 'Top Ten Chardonnays'
Grand Cru concentration and intensity artfully meets finesse and elegance. An exceptionally plush and complex chardonnay, with heady, lightly smoky bouquet of grapefruit, melon, stonefruit and dusty vanilla oak overlaying nuances of ginger, cloves and chalky minerality, with a light meatiness. Deep, long and creamy, it's powerful but vibrant, with a wonderful balance between freshness and funkiness, fruit and oak, texture and acidity. 96 points, JEREMY OLIVER, The Australian Wine Annual 2011