I’m becoming a fan of Piccadilly Chardonnay and this is one of the reasons why. Adelina can make anything delightful, but this is gorgeous. The 2017 Chardonnay is rich, textural and full bodied, but not fat. There’s a real wildness here. Nougat, peach, lime, faint oak and honey, jostle for attention. Wonderful drive and the fruit keeps on giving. Great value. Refusal to lie? No need.
This wine hails from the Grigg vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley, high in the Adelaide Hills and is the first Adelina Chardonnay ever released. The vines here were planted in 1997 in soils made up of mottled, yellow clays and lots of quartz. The fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to concrete for indigenous primary and secondary fermentation. Then eight months on lees in seasoned oak before bottling. The name of the wine is a nod to the Albert Camus novel L’Étranger (‘The Stranger’) and, in particular, the main character whose name is ‘Meursault’! This wine does not shame that name, at all.