Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2017

Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue purchased the Lenswood property in the Adelaide Hills in 1981. 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.

About the Vineyard

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.

Wine Production

Extremely heavy winter rainfall and ferocious spring winds and hail set up one of the most challenging vintages we have ever experienced at Lenswood. Flowering was late, occurring in December rather than November, in rare calm and sunny weather which set us up for good yields. The conditions post-Christmas were characterised by elevated evening temperatures, heavy rain every four days, foggy mornings and low day time temperatures. Harvest started in March; three weeks later than usual. By Easter, all Adelaide Hills whites and our pinot noir were safely in the winery, and in excellent condition despite 760mm falling during the growing season. This was a vintage saved in the vineyard by the outstanding work of the Adelaide Hills viticultural team under extremely trying conditions, with results that exceeded expectations.

Tasting Notes

Pale gold in colour. Seductive aromas of pear skin, grapefruit, white stone-fruit, citrus blossom and white flowers are complemented by hints of apple, lemon curd, clove spice and toasted almonds. Intense and focussed, the palate shows layer upon layer of pear and white peach, tightly wound by a deliciously creamy texture, and perfectly balanced with nectarine acidity and subtle oak nuances, for a powerful yet elegantly restrained, lingering finish.

Food Pairing

 

Steamed pomfret fish with local pipis and sea vegetables in a light jellyfish tamarind broth. 

Production Info
Vineyard name
Lenswood Vineyard
Soil composition
Well-drained sandy loam over medium clay interspersed with shale fragments overlying a shale bedrock
Elevation
1,804 feet
Average Vine Age
30 years
First vintage of this wine
1989
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
Barrels
Malolactic fermentation
partial
Fining agent
Animal based
Type of aging container
Barriques
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
10 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12.5 %
pH level
3.1
Residual sugar
1.7 g/L
Acidity
6.7 g/L

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