Monday 23 May 2016

Blass Noir Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015

CHARDONNAY devotees will love
this one with hot smoked salmon and
blinis with chive crème fraiche.


David Ellis

WINEMAKERS can be a charismatic lot, and one whose charisma never fails to transfer through into his wines is Wolf Blass – born in Germany in 1934, coming to Australia in 1961, diving straight into work with several local wineries, and amazingly just five years later launching Wolf Blass Wines in 1966.

Forever ready to push winemaking boundaries, Wolf quickly made a name for himself, and fifty years on his successor winemakers at Wolf Blass Wines uphold his philosophy, including more recently launching a new label called Blass by Wolf Blass that includes a most-rewarding Blass Noir Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015.

Crafted from fruit off low-yielding vineyards, it's also the result of a vintage that began with good winter rains, an unseasonably dry spring, and a summer and autumn highlighted by warm days, cool nights and without the Adelaide Hills' normally characteristic autumn rains.

And which has all come together as one of those charismatic Blass wines, a Chardonnay wonderfully rich and elegant with white peach and melon flavours, subtly integrated French oak, a beautifully creamy texture and a long and balanced finish.

Pay $35 and enjoy with hot smoked salmon with blinis and chive crème fraiche.

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