Varney Wines Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2023


The fruit for this wine is sourced from two renowned Adelaide Hills vineyards in Echunga and Macclesfield. It’s quite sweetly perfumed and lifted out of the gate. Acacia flower, honeysuckle, lemonade, pear and green apple skin are followed by cinnamon bun and apple crumble with a faint glimmer or cedar in support. The aromatic profile is very pure, pretty and moreish as these elements come together. There’s an equally attractive aesthetic to the palate with a burst of sapidity and mouth-filling texture. Pear, nettle honey, cinnamon, green apple and a glimmer of quince paste are loud upfront before being hushed and pulled into linearity by firm, chalky phenolics and a big wash of cleansing acidity. There’s lovely length and elegance to the finish which carries cinnamon, pear, green apple skin bitterness through. Lovely complexity on show, and an interesting journey unfolding in the glass. Very good. 230 dozen produced.