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2019 Hugh Hamilton The Scallywag Chardonnay 750ml

2019 Hugh Hamilton The Scallywag Chardonnay

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This is a textural, food-friendly Adelaide Hills Chard at an affordable price. Delicate honey on toast notes are followed quickly by melon, stone fruit and a whiff of seashells and nuts. Creamy in the mouth, the lifted acidity and oak both support without overwhelming. A salty if slightly bitter note creeps in at the finish. CHRISTINA PICKARD

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Producer: To be added

Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $14.99

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Varietal: Chardonnay
Its adaptability to different soils and climates, and malleability in the wine room make Chardonnay one of the most popular and ubiquitous grapes. Responsible for some of the world’s most thrilling white wines wines including Champagne, it is in its homeland of Burgundy with villages such as Chablis, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that producers craft arguably some of the world’s finest wines. Chardonnay is also synonymous with California, where it can display riper, tropical fruit flavors, rather than the more restrained stone fruit and steely, mineral qualities often associated with its Old World and cool climate counterparts. While there are terrific fresh and vibrant Chardonnays made solely using stainless steel, the grape also knits terrifically well with oak, lending greater depth and weight in the form of a nutty, toasty and somtimes buttery component.

Country: Australia
As the sixth largest producer and fourth largest exporter Australia is now one of the world's most important wine producing countries. Because vinifera vines are not native to Australia, most of the vines are descendants from cuttings imported by early European immigrants. Wineries started producing on a commercial scale in the first half of the 19th century, and since then the industry has experienced some of the biggest evolutionary developments. Originally focusing on replicating the fortified wines of the Old World including Port and Sherry, winemakers also developed their own idiosyncratic styles such as the fortified Muscats and Tokays of north east Victoria, not to mention the more recent, dry Semillons from the Hunter Valley region. The majority of the countries nearly 2000 wineries are relatively new (since 1970) boutique-sized operations, however about 95% of annual production is controlled by the five large companies including; Casella (Yellow Tail), Pernod Richard (Jacob's Creek), and Foster's (Lindemans and Penfolds).For high quality Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, look no further than the regions of Coonawarra, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Barossa and Clare Valley. In Western Australia, the Margaret River leads in producing Bordeaux style reds as well as elegant barrel-aged Pinots and Chardonnays.

Region: South Australia
Accounting for nearly half of the country’s production, South Australia is one of the most important wine producing regions and consequently reflects the majority of our selection of Australian wine. Production is focused in the south eastern corner around Adelaide where the sub-regions Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, and Clare Valley are located. Further south in the state is the Limestone Coast Zone where the cooler sub-regions of Padthaway and Coonawarra produce some of the country’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sub-Region: Adelaide Hills
Adelaide Hills is a wine growing area in the Mount Lofty Ranges region of South Australia. It is one of the largest wine regions in the state, reaching the Fleurieu Peninsula and McLaren Vale in the south, and the Barossa and Eden Valleys in the north. Both the region's proximity to the state capital, Adelaide, and a thriving tourist industry based on its natural beauty have boosted the Adelaide Hills' wine industry. It also happens to be the one of the oldest wine-growing areas in Australia, with significant viticulture practiced during the late 19th Century, followed by a revival in the 1970s and 1980s. Key to the region's grape growing is the altitude of its vineyards, which range from 1312 to 2130ft (400–650m). This gives the region a cool climate, but the numerous valleys on this hilly terrain – with different slopes and exposure to sunlight – offer a varied range of mesoclimates, making the correct site selection vital. In general, the northern part of the region, with its predominantly west-facing slopes, is colder than the southern elevations, where coastal effects moderate the temperatures. Throughout the Adelaide Hills region, the ripening season is dry; this, along with the colder temperatures, allows the grapes to mature at a slow pace, resulting in concentrated wines. The cool climate of Adelaide Hills is perfect for Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; the latter two also go into the region's sparkling wines. The white still wines are characterized by clean and fresh varietal flavors and crisp natural acidity. Most of the Chardonnays go through malolactic fermentation for added complexity. The long and cool growing season also reliably ripens red grapes in most years, when grown in the right locations. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot are dominant.

Type: White
White wine is a wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold colored. The wine is produced from a variety of grape varieties. The flavor and color comes from the juice of the grape and sometimes the skin of the grape as well. Interestingly, not all white wine comes from white grapes. Some select red grapes are used as in Champagne.