“Subtle shadings of toasted grain accent pineapple and white nectarines in the 2018 Croft Chardonnay. All barrel fermented (typically in around 15% new oak), this is a medium to full-bodied, plump, generous wine in the mouth, with a fine, silky texture and lingering suggestions of pencil shavings and citrus on the finish. It should drink well for at least another five years, and possibly longer.”
“Delicate scents of toasted grain and white peaches mark the nose of the 2017 Croft Chardonnay. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, tart and even a bit austere, with notes of underripe peaches and green plums that turn citrusy on the long finish. While not very generous at the moment, it's tightly wound and should blossom in another year or two, then drink well for 6-7 years.”
“This vintage of Henschke’s Adelaide Hills Chard is a bit reductive and flinty at the moment. Grapefruit and salty characters lurk beneath. It’s the palate that wins you over, although it needs air as well. A tightrope walk of gravelly texture, crystalline acidity, salty and stony minerality, and yeasty orchard fruit and citrus, this is clearly meant for the dinner table or the cellar.”
“In true Henschke style, this Adelaide Hills Chardonnay is a sleek and polished wine with plenty of character. Stone fruits, cream, flint, nuts, white pepper and a copper penny tang make up the nose, while the palate tingles with lifted acidity and a slippery finish. Bright peachy fruit and oak spice linger long after the first sip has been swallowed. Drink now–2027.”
“A cooler vintage has delivered a rich and complex chardonnay with such supple, fine, layered white peaches and grilled hazelnuts on the palate. Peach-sorbet-like texture that’s compact and long. Excellent purity and poise.”
"Subtle notes of pencil shavings accent peaches and pears in Henscke's 2016 Croft Chardonnay. This generous, medium to full-bodied wine boasts bold flavors and plenty of richness and texture. It should drink well for the next 5 years."
"Estate-grown at 550m, the vineyard name in honour of orchardist Frederick Croft, matured in French barriques (16% new) for 10 months. An immaculately groomed chardonnay that ticks all the boxes, including a complex, faintly reductive bouquet (pleasantly so)."