Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, Michael Hall
Produced by Michael Hall Wines
Michael Hall is a renowned, award-winning, South Australian-based, micro-negociant making individual wines that reflect their place. He sources fruit from carefully chosen single vineyards in the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley and the Adelaide Hills to produce small-batch, precise, expressive wines. Michael was originally from the UK, and he released the first vintage of Michael Hall Wines in 2008, bringing his wine dream to fruition after two decades as a jewellery expert at Sotheby’s in Switzerland. To prepare, he enrolled in wine science in Adelaide and absorbed as much knowledge as he could working stints in Australia with Cullen, Giaconda, Henschke, Shaw + Smith, Coldstream Hills and Veritas; in France with Domaine Leflaive, Meo-Camuzet, Vieux Telegraphe and Trevallon.
Good winter rains preceded average spring temperatures and a warm January. Volatile temperature swings from mid-February delivered a later than expected vintage. Hand-picked on 28 March, whole-bunch pressed, wild yeast fermented in French oak puncheons (20% new, Vicard), 34% malolactic fermentation, nine months on yeast lees, filtered and bottled. Grapefruit, almond meal, Lemon pith and Kaffir lime.