Atlas Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2019
1 or more bottles$34.99
Huon Hooke91 points
James Halliday'92 points
Michael Russell94 points
The fruit for this wine was grown at the Hill Smith Vineyard at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. The vines at this east-facing vineyard grow in alluvial loam, limestone, shale and quartz, at an altitude of around 400m.
Our approach was to celebrate this special parcel of fruit from an exceptional vineyard, not force it into a preconceived style. Grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed, and the juice went straight from the press to French oak puncheons for wild fermentation on full solids. The resulting wine underwent partial (spontaneous) malolactic fermentation before being lees stirred for nine months to build texture, interest and complexity.
This pale-straw-coloured wine displays ripe citrus and white stone-fruit characters, with a flinty minerality, nougat and creamy yeast flavours from the lees, and subtle French oak and spice.
Residual Sugar (GF):0.43g/L
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Critic Scores & reviews
"Creamy lees aromas lead the way with the bouquet, the aroma of fluffy yeast lees. The wine is delicate, restrained, fruit-driven and lively in the mouth, the acidity very present and seamless. Very dry finish, lean and long. Intense and lingering - a lovely drop. 23 MAY 2020. Drink 2020–2028"
James Halliday's Wine Companion92
"This takes its time to strut it stuff. It will if you let it. Citrus and stone fruit, creamy and rich with the oak taking some control of the palate. A richer style yet with laser acidity cutting through"
"One sip and I was ascended - this has got to be one of the best value Chardonnay sub $30! It’s got your typical Adelaide Hills Chardy profile alongside that crisp flintiness and zippy acid line making it perfect to drink with of without food. I’ll show this to anyone willing to have a sip as it's such an easy crowd pleaser. I've been a big fan of Adam Barton’s winemaking now for a long while and this is just another example of his incredible craftsmanship."
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About the brand Atlas Wines
The wines from Adam Barton are some of the best we’ve seen from South Australia. They capture all that has made the regions famous, yet they’re made in a sophisticated, high quality style that puts them in another class. They certainly over deliver for the money.
A bottle of 1965 Lindemans Hunter River Burgundy (one of the greatest wines of the 20th century) lit the fire for his oenology degree. Since then he has wasted no time, working with Scarpantoni Estate (McLaren Vale), Rolf Binder (Barossa Valley), Wynns Coonawarra Estate and the iconic Californian Bonny Doon Vineyard.
In 2007, Barton and his wife Amy purchased an 8ha vineyard on a stony ridge on the eastern side of the Clare Valley, which had been offered for sale by Kilikanoon. Their vision for Atlas was pretty simple: to produce great wine from the highest-quality fruit available
Barton is totally committed to small plot, individual vineyard sites that make a strong statement about their terroir, giving the grapes he vinifies the maximum opportunity to speak loud and clear.