Richard Hamilton - Almond Grove Chardonnay 2010-12 - McLaren Vale



Richard Hamilton - Almond Grove Chardonnay 2010-12
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Almond Grove has obtained its name from the Almonds which were widely grown in McLaren Vale on land which now bears our vineyards. Richard Hamilton is noted as the first to have planted Chardonnay in McLaren Vale (in 1972)

Medium straw with attractive green tints. The aromas are restrained and elegant showing some peach blossom characters with a subtle oak influence that gives a hint of vanilla. This is a medium bodied, tightly structured wine that shows graceful yet persistent nectarine fruit flavours. It finishes clean with a bright, soft acidity.

An excellent companion for poultry, seafood or pasta.

The wine should drink well over the next 4-6 years. Expect the colour to show more golden tints in four or so years and the nose and palate to develop attractive French toast flavours.

Category(s):     White Wine

Producer: Richard Hamilton   -
ABV:   13%
Appellation:   McLaren Vale
Brand:   Richard Hamilton
Country of Origin:   Australia
Food Match:   Poultry
Food Match:   White Fish
Grape Type:   Chardonnay
Region:   South Australia
Type of closure:   Screw Cap
Vintage:   2010-12
Winemaker:   Paul Gordon


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Producer Information

Hamilton is one of the original Australian winemaking families. In 1837 Richard Hamilton founded the Hamilton Vineyards, just south of Adelaide in 1837. It was planted with stock brought by the family from South Africa, en route from England.

Five winemaking generations later, in 1972, Richard's great-great-grandson Dr Richard Hamilton established a small winery in McLaren Vale under the guidance of his father Burton, a noted viticulturist, and uncle, renowned vigneron, Sydney Hamilton.

Two years later, at the age of 76, Sydney bought land on the famous terra rossa strip in Coonawarra and established Leconfield to fulfil his life's ambition of growing and making a classic Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sydney retired in 1981 after 65 vintages and Dr Richard Hamilton purchased the company from him. Leconfield became the single winemaking facility for both the Richard Hamilton and Leconfield brands, securing the family connection to both Coonawarra and McLaren Vale.

Experienced Coonawarra winemaker Paul Gordon joined Leconfield in 2001. He and Assistant Winemaker Tim Bailey are the winemaking custodians of the Richard Hamilton and Leconfield labels.

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