Thursday, 16 November 2017

Rowlee Wines Chardonnay 2016


My first look at Rowlee Wines from Orange. David Cummings from Define Wine does an excellent job bringing wines from Orange and Mudgee (plus various other regions) to writers' attention. It's always good to see what the little guys have to offer too and there are always gems uncovered.

Established in 2000, the eight hectare vineyard sits at 950m above. Winemaking commenced in 2013. The wines are made by former sommelier Nicole Samodol with PJ Chateris overseeing things as a mentor winemaker.

A delicately balanced wine, it lingers beautifully possessing a youthful energy.

Real lemonade, vanilla, white stone fruits. It's not overly aromatic but the delivery is precise. Time in the glass reveals a slight nutty almond complexity. Kicking into gear, there's good fruit presence and a phenolic grip which has me thinking of peach skin. A jab of lemon juice to close with grapefruit like acidity.

If you can find it, it's well worth a look.

Drink now to six years.

93/100

Region: Orange
RRP: $40
Source: Sample
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