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Chris Hill Silenus Cellar Reserve BV Chardonnay 2015 (12 x 750mL) SA

Description:

Carefully cellar aged for over four years with extended lees stirring for complexity and new French oak cooperage with classic fire toast and convection toast for sophistication, body weight and flavour. This late bottled Barossa Chardonnay is rich, luscious ready to enjoy.

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Chris Hill Silenus Cellar Reserve BV Chardonnay 2015 (12 x 750mL) SA

Lot No: 0040-2480304 Quantity: 1
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26/01/2020 8.20 PM AEDT

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RRP$24.95

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$49 per package

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Wine Summary Image

Carefully cellar aged for over four years with extended lees stirring for complexity and new French oak cooperage with classic fire toast and convection toast for sophistication, body weight and flavour. This late bottled Barossa Chardonnay is rich, luscious ready to enjoy.

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

The appearance is indicative of this wine’s weight and structure. It has brilliant clarity with a deep straw colour and highlights of lemon yellow.

Aroma

The bouquet shows ripe stone fruits with a subtle hint of lanolin and vanilla behind the creamy, toasty aroma of shortbread biscuits and yeasty bread dough.

Palate

The flavours on the opening palate are surprisingly mature and complex with herbs, lanolin and citrus marmalade combining to produce a dry savoury middle with a full, rounded structure and mouth-feel. The oak maturation gives a smooth rich sensation on the tongue and the finish is long and dry.

Food Matching

I’ve used new oak to add an extra dimension to the flavour which I like to match with quite rich cuisine like Chinese steamed prawn dumplings or thinly sliced abalone or crispy roast pork belly. This Chardonnay is best served lightly chilled in a generous sized glass to maximise the bouquet and flavour.

Cellaring Potential

I’ve made Barossa Chardonnay in this style that’s cellared for well over 10 years and still remained vibrant and lively however, there’s no requirement to put it down, the oak is in harmony and the flavours are great for enjoying now.

Winery Profile

My first winemaking experience was harvesting grapes in the Barossa Valley during vintage 1981. Long hot days were spent hand picking bunches of sweet, sticky Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and a host of other nearly forgotten varieties. At the end of each day after the last bins were tipped into the crusher, we’d meet at the weighbridge with Peter Lehmann for a bottomless glass of robust Shiraz and an inspired conversation about the new wines and vintage developments.

After three decades my day still ends with a nice glass or two of Shiraz or maybe Chardonnay but a lot has changed over that time. From a humble cellar hand plunging skins in open concrete fermenters during the 1980’s, to debating the appropriate cooperage for Hunter Shiraz with Len Evans in the 1990’s to the corporate boardrooms of giant multinationals in the 2000’s, I’m now back to making wine as an independent negociant.

Based in the heart of McLaren Vale, I’m surrounded by wonderful old vineyards and dozens of modern wineries run by talented winemakers. The joy of being a negociant winemaker is the flexibility to be able to source grapes and make wine anywhere throughout Australia. The benefit is an unlimited resource of varieties, regions, styles and skills to craft individual batches of unique wines without constraints.

My goal is to create genuine, honest wines that showcase flavour, vitality and life. Good wine should be accessible to all and be enjoyed as part of a healthy, active lifestyle with fine food, close friends and plenty of fun. I have many favourites but I believe variety is the spice of life and I enjoy discovering new flavours and stretching the boundaries of traditional winemaking.

From an old favourite to something exotic, tantalizing and new, I hope you enjoy the journey through my selection of classic Australian wines.

View Chris Hill website

Other Information

  • 2015 vintage
  • 12 x 750mL units
  • SA - Barossa, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 13.8% alc.
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