This little estate has produced some exceptional verdelhos over the years and this is another. Not as pungent as some but there is superb flavour depth with creamy tropical fruit flavours with a decent splash of lime. The palate is long with a fine subtle acid. Smooth easy drinking.
A lighter bodied and delicately balanced chardonnay. Has a slightly creamy mouth feel with crisp white peach and mealy characters. Palate is sustained and well balanced with a nice infusion of oak. Fruit driven style and enjoyable.
Lots happening in this value for money merlot. Notes of chocolate, fruit cake and gravelly loam on the nose. The palate is rich with an earthy dusty character feeding through the lush dark fruit flavours. Well balanced with nice oak and ripe tannins in support. Juicy and ripe.
This is a medium bodied shiraz from an area that does this variety rather well when the season is kind. Has a slightly spicy savoury and peppery note on the nose. The palate is smooth and seamlessly structured with good oak and tannin integration.
This is a mighty serious pinot noir. It’s a tight and controlled wine with fine bony tannins and light cherry fruit flavours. There is a sweet plump, albeit light bodied finely structured mid palate, with a dry focused finish. It’s a wine that will be better for a few years in the bottle.
Chestnut Grove shiraz 2013 ($20)
This was a good year with excellent ripening periods which enabled the shiraz to get fully ripe. As a result this beautiful soft and supple little shiraz is superb. Cherry and plum aromas with a little spice. The palate is so soft and velvety smooth but with a fine thread of oak and tannin in support to provide focus and structure. Great current drinking at this price.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 3 years
Chestnut Grove sparkling pinot chardonnay 2010 ($45)
A light and elegant sparkling wine that benefits from the four years on yeast lees, which has introduced a degree of deep palate complexity. There’s a mix of meat yeastiness and some nice citrus with lemon zest influence. Has a fine crisp acidity to sustain the finish. Very dry finish.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 3 years
Chestnut Grove sparkling merlot 2009 ($45)
Here is a perfect example of the benefits of keeping sparkling red wines for a few years to allow them to build complexity and richness. This one based on merlot has started to show some spicy leathery characters, especially on the nose. The palate is soft and supple with that delightful mix of blackberry and chocolate with a lift of spicy cherry. Very nice current drinking wine.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 4 years
Chestnut Grove verdelho 2014 ($20)
Over the years the verdelho from this vineyard has been one of the best produced in this state. This is another one which is more subdued but still reveals those beautiful tropical fruit characters. There’s a little herbal influence and a squeeze of lemon juice. The acid is crisp and the palate texture appealing.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 3 years
Chestnut Grove merlot 2013 ($20)
A ripe and generous merlot from this very good year. Oodles of fruit cake and blackberry aromas with a spicy licorice chocolate mix. On the palate, which is soft and generously proportioned, you get a lovely earthy dark fruit character supported by firmish tannins and fine grained understated oak. A feature is the chalky tannin character which helps the focus to the long finish.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
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