Tower Estate Bowyer Ridge Chardonnay 2010 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
13%, Screwcap, $38
|Tower Estate Bowyer Ridge Chardonnay|
It’s going to be very interesting seeing what direction the Tower Estate wines take in the future, with all of the winemaking to be done under contract by First Creek/Monarch (instead of in-house). I can’t imagine it changing the style too much (particularly given how smart other wines from the First Creek stable are) but again time will tell.
Anyway, this is a pretty solid wine. A little too engineered perhaps but still with plenty to like. It all kicks off with a serious, ‘check out my oak’ nose cast full and big. The richly textured palate has milky
leesy notes, downplayed sulphide and an evenness to it that’s
immediately appealing. I really like that milky richness actually,
supported by good, even acidity.
Slightly intrusive oak is all that really mars proceedings, a flash of wood tannins on the finish.
It’s actually a quite traditionally built Chardonnay but with a modern spin to it. I think it’s smart – if a bit overt – though my Riesling loving Mum thought it the ‘sort of Chardonnay that turned me off Chardonnay’… 17.5/91+