2015 Gartelmann 'Sarah Elizabeth' Chardonnay
Colour: Pale straw colour with a luminous golden hue.
Aroma: The nose has ripe peach with an orange blossom lift and subtle spicy oakiness.
Palate: Layers of primary fruit characters are highlighted by creamy notes from its time on lees. A zesty, elegant chardonnay with a palate of peaches, melons and soft oak integration. This wine will develop and become more complex over the next couple of years.
Cellar: Enjoy now and over the next three years.
Awards & Reviews:
"93 Points. A flavoursome chardonnay of ripe peaches and melons with light oak influences. Worth tracking down in the Hunter Valley. Food: Turkey." Queensland Times, Peter Chapman, Apr 2017
"93 Points. Subtle but defined chardonnay nose. Tight structure that sits poised and pert at the front of the palate and moves slowly without giving much more as it travels. One can sense what is there, but it’s staying hidden, so a very mean 93 points now. However, I am sure there is more to come and $27 is fair value." The Key Report, Tony Keys, May 2017
"92 Points. Has a pleasing generousity but the requisite acidity to keep the palate fresh. Starts with a cavalcade of honey-butter, faint toastiness, ripe melon and citrus. The palate matches the bouquet and rolls sot and long. It's lovely drinking, gentle and 'gulp me now' feel. Nice work." WBM Magazine, Mike Bennie, May 2017
"Having one of the Hunter Valley’s gun winemakers Liz Jackson at the controls is a big plus for the Gartlemann family owned winery. Named after the Gartlemanns’ daughter, this highlights the quality of fruit grown near Denman in the upper Hunter, with rich flavours sweetly in tune with French oak." Sunday Telegraph, John Fordham, March 2017
"92 Points, No need to hesitate. Its flavoursome but feels steely and crisp through the finish. Yellow stone fruits, a whisper of oak, apple. Thoroughly enjoyable." James Halliday, Halliday 2017
"90 Points. Lemon sherbet dusted over a little oak seasoning. Significant portion of barrel fermentation that is communicated both aromatically and via the palate. Minerally, spicy twists, both freshening and yet with an underlying depth. I've not always been the biggest fan of Hunter Valley, warmer climate Chardonnay - yet, the freshness here wins me over. It's not the most complex entity, but it's sorbet-like charms carry it off with conviction." The Vinsomniac, Stuart Robinson, May 2017
"This year Gartelmann Wines celebrate their 21st birthday and this wine proves that they are going strong! 60% of this wine was barrel matured for 9 months giving it a hint of oak creaminess on the palate. It kicks off with lovely citrus and tropical fruit aromas, leading to a crisp yummy palate and a lingering finish. A GREAT YOUNG HUNTER CHARDY." Wine Assist, Dan Traucki, Mar 2017
"90 Points / 4.5 stars. This wine has had the proverbial winemaking kitchen sink thrown at it, and i like it. 60% of the wine was fermented in barrel and kept on stirred lees for 8 months prior to blending with the un-oaked component. The resultant wine has flinty sulphide notes with textural almond meal and fig in spades. The wine does retain elegance with concentrated yellow peach at it’s core and a carefully constructed line of acidity that keeps the wines richer components from taking over." The Wine Reviewer, Mar 2017
"...Yellow stone fruits and canned peach syrup are in abundance with preserved lemon chipping away in the background. Acid could settle a little more but there's not much action here to keep me captivated. Perhaps a roast pork could be a call to arms?..." QWine, Feb 2017
"... a flavoursome, zesty chardonnay with a white peach palate. Made with fruit from 18-year-old vines by Liz Jackson, one of the Hunter’s gun winemakers, about 60 per cent of the yield was barrel-fermented in French oak." The Courier Mail, Des Houghton, May 2017