2017

 

Huon Hooke

Suilven Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 2017

94 pts

 

''Very light colour. A shy, reserved and youthfully straightforward minerally bouquet, which is nevertheless clean and fresh. The palate is also reserved and tight, also clean, intense and refined, with some nutty lees and oak subtleties, and a very long, intense aftertaste. Refined and pure. A lovely wine with a future.'

 

 

2016

 

James Halliday

www.winecompanion.com.au

Suilven Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 2016

‘Ultra-deluxe packaging. Leviathan bottle, high-quality cork (well, it costs more than a screwcap), and then my bète noire: the grey-black label with red font reads ‘Bottle no. 313’. Of 314 or 5000 bottles? Stuff it, I do love the moody label. The wine? I’m very acid-tolerant, and always have been. This trembles on the brink.’ 13% alc. To: 2026.

95 pts

 

 

2015

 

Julia Harding MW

www.jancisrobinson.com

Suilven Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 2015

17.5 pts

 

"This is an impressive barrel-fermented Chardonnay. Creamily delicious and super-fresh with pure clean citrus core and rich leesy texture. A paragon of barrel-fermented Chardonnay. Impressive depth and length without loss of freshness"

 

Tony Keys

www.thekeyreport.com.au

Suilven Chardonnay 2015, Adelaide Hills

93pts+

 

"A most intriguing nose that changed from fruit notes to slightly feral and back to fruit, being safe I will stick with complex. That’s complex good not complex poor. A wide spectrum of flavour across the palate but still holding back, there is more to come from this wine and the structure is there to support it ageing. I’m on the mean side pointing it at 93 but feel two if not three or four more points to come within the next three years, it might appear pricy at $70, but I’ve paid three times that price for a Burgundy not as good"

 

Julia Harding MW

jancisrobinson.com

Suilven Chardonnay 2015, Adelaide Hills

17pts

Definite vanilla note initially here, plus lightly spicy and oatmeal aromas of restrained oak. Fuller bodied than I expected on the palate, striking an excellent balance of freshness and full spicy citrus flavour. Well sustained, juicy and lively. (JH)

 

Tim Atkin MW

Suilven Chardonnay 2015, Adelaide Hills

93pts

timatkin.com

 

"One of those wines that tastes every bit as good as it looks, this Scottish/Australian collaboration eschews the leaner, reductive, early picked style that's favoured by some winemakers Down Under in favour of something a little more substanial and textured. Deftly oaked, oatmealy and refreshing, with a focus and minerality that wouldn't look out of place in the Côte de Beaune"

 

Richard Hemming MW

Suilven Chardonnay 2015, Adelaide Hills

17pts

www.jancisrobinson.com

 

"Classic modern Aussie Chardonnay - tight and focused but with generous oak and an element of restraint to the citrus fruit. Long, expressive finish. Lovely leesy texture"

 

Jamie Goode

Suilven Chardonnay 2015, Adelaide Hills

93pts

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/

 

" Very fine and expressive with nice pure citrus fruit (lemon and tangerine), and more than a bit of finesse. Bright, focused, pure and elegant with real drive. It's currently showing some spicy, cedary oak notes, but it's sophisticated, linear Chardonnay with massive potential for development. 93/100"

 

The Wine Front

Gary Walsh

Suilven Chardonnay 2015, Adelaide Hills

94pts

http://www.winefront.com.au/thistledown-suilven-chardonnay-2015-2/

 

" Subdued pristine style. Cool white fruit, cucumber, fennel, almond and light spiced oak. Pure acidity, white peach and oatmeal, clean long finish with a strike of flintiness to the texture. Much to like here; whispers persuasively rather than shouts"

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