Cool Climate with Elegance and Flavour
Darby Lane Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
The winemaker Benjamin Parker and the consultant Nicholas Bourke discovered an accumulation of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills Chardonnays, stored in McLaren Vale, in mid-2015. They later purchased the full collection.
Steadily these been prepared for bottling and released under a number of labels. This Darby Lane is the final release. It is different to the others in being from a single vineyard in the Kersbrook region of the Adelaide Hills.
This is smart wine with elegance and length but also has enough sunny flavour to remind you that you are drinking Australian Chardonnay. The freshness comes from the acidity which in turn is the result of the altitude of the vineyards. Thus while similarly priced to wines from the vast Murray Basin it has that extra quality lift that comes from a premium white wine region. I rate the wine 9/10 on my value for money index.