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Of the Wind Chardonnay - 2023

94 Points

This McLaren Vale-based winery has gone to the Adelaide Hills in search of the best fruit for their chardonnay. Quite glowing straw-like colour. Plenty to keep you busy on the nose with typical honeysuckle, lemon curd and brioche. The palate stands tall with it textured white peach and stewed apply characters. A fine savouriness with a chalky minerally acid takes it through to a long finish. The 100% malo has contributed to the mouth feel while not compromising on its fine linear feel.
Ray Jordan, Winepilot, February 2024

94 Points
The Italian background of the maker shines here, producing a tantalising touch of preserved lemon savouriness. Indeed, a lemony citrus quality dominates this lean style of Chardonnay. Picked early, it might be a product of the vintage or the chosen style of the winemaker or a bit of both. Grapefruit pith, lemon zest, preserved lemon and yellow apple notes work their way across the wine. Light and zesty, the middle palate offers a big, savoury, lemony hug dressed in tart lemony acidity. Some further time in bottle will probably suit those who aren’t into high acidity.
Jeni Port, Winepilot, February 2024

94 Points
Sliced pineapple, white peach and Meyer lemon. Crème brulée toffee, apple friand, nutmeg and cinnamon. Elderflower and fennel seed. The palate shows both crunchy acidity and a honeysuckle sweetness, lemon curd and glace pineapple finish. Oak adds complexity without overpowering. A touch of grapefruit pith and peach tea bitterness. It’s a well worked wine that encompasses both ripe fruit, power and presence. Drink now and will cellar 3-6 years. Serve with a good ham and cheese toastie.
Shanteh Wale, Winepilot, March 2024

91 Points
Aromas of peach, nectarine, sweet nutty oak, nougat and vanilla pod. Quite plush, fleshy and oaky in flavour. The stone fruit and melon flavours are framed by the oak and the acidity delivers plenty of cut. The oak is just a little dominant at this stage: it needs some time to integrate.
Aaron Brasher, The Real Review, March 2024

91 Points
Made with fruit from the Adelaide Hills, this 2023 Chardonnay is quite classy with cool cliamte fruit sitting pretty with quality oak. Reserved nectarine and honeydew melon aromas with a faint flinty edge provide a solid introduction. A vibrant, linear, acid driven palate follows, that is light on its feet but carries good detail and length.
Angus Hughson, Winepilot, March 2023

91 Points
Amaretti type of oak, almond essence pushing forward. Flows with milk powder, yellow peach flesh, some clotted cream but there’s a good amount of green-themed acidity, the lime, the apple creating quite a lean profile of this wine. The fresh wood still comes forth, so perhaps it needs time to settle.
Kasia Sobiesiak, The Wine Front, February 2024



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