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Mt. Crawford Chardonnay
Thorn Clarke
Australia - South Australia - Eden Valley

The wine is a pale straw color with a green hue. The nose displays some complexity with white peach and citrus, complimented by underlying nutty characteristics. This is a medium weight wine with peach and citrus characters, a creamy mid palate, balanced nicely with a tight acid line. The wine finishes with balance and a good persistence.

Specifications
Appellation
Eden Valley
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Chardonnay
Vinification
The fruit was pressed (using an airbag press). After settling, each batch was assessed and either allowed to naturally ferment, or inoculated with a neutral yeast to emphasis the fruit. Approximately 20% of the blend was transferred as juice to new French oak barrels and underwent barrel ferment. After fermentation the yeast lees were stirred for 4 months (battonage), and sulphured up so as to minimise any malolactic fermentation and retain the refreshing acid balance.
Pairings

The winemaker recommends trying this wine with chicken teppanyaki.

Reviews and News

2018 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 88 PTS - WS

2018 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 88 PTS - WS

wine spectator 88 pts"Light and airy, with delicate notes of poached pear, lime zest and lemon thyme. Fresh acidity. Drink now. 1,000 cases made, 100 cases imported. - MW"
- Wine Spectator (Web only 2019), 88 pts

2018 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 88 PTS - WE

2018 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 88 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 88 pts"This likable straightforward Chard opens with aromas of grapefruit, lemon, red apple and florals which flow into a slippery but crisp palate. The finish is short but bright and juicy fruited. - CHRISTINA PICKARD"
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2019), 88 pts

2017 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 88 PTS - WA

2017 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 88 PTS - WA

wa88"Sourced from Eden Valley, the 2017 Mount Crawford Chardonnay includes 25% barrel-fermented and aged wine, while the rest is done in tank. It's a juicy, medium-bodied Chardonnay, fruit-focused, with pineapple, pear and citrus flavors. Not overly rich or broad, it fits neatly within the current paradigm of balanced Aussie Chardonnay. At the price, it can compete with anything from anywhere in the world. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #238, August 2018), 88 pts

2016 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 90 PTS - WS

2016 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 90 PTS - WS

wine spectator 90 pts"Starts off with accents of honeysuckle and peach blossom, giving way to vibrant lime, lemon and pear flavors. Set on a sleek frame, with plenty of oomph on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made. –MW"
- Wine Spectator (November 30th 2017), 90 pts

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2016 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2016 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Light gold. Pear, tangerine, fennel, pungent flowers and a hint of smoky lees on the nose. Spicy and broad on entry, then more taut in the middle, offering bitter orange zest and Anjou pear flavors and a touch of candied ginger. Shows good energy on the warm. spicy finish, which leaves a suggestion of buttered toast behind. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (Australia Brings the Brawn and the Beauty, October 2017), 90 pts

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2015 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Brilliant yellow. Dried pear, lemon zest, honeysuckle and a hint of vanilla on the fragrant nose. Fleshy and smooth on the palate, offering fresh melon, pear nectar and tangerine flavors and a hint of bitter quinine that adds back-end cut. Closes on a subtle leesy note, showing very good energy and lingering citrus character. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (Australia Brings the Brawn and the Beauty, October 2017), 90 pts

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2014 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 88 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - 88 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Pale yellow. Aromas of ripe melon and white peach are lifted by a suggestion of lemon pith. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy honeydew and nectarine flavors sharpened by a refreshingly bitter jolt of quinine. Closes with good energy and an echo of fresh pit fruits. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (March 2016), 88 pts

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2013 Mt. Crawford Chardonnay Eden Valley - 89 PTS - IWC

2013 Mt. Crawford Chardonnay Eden Valley - 89 PTS - IWC

tanzer iwc 89 pts"Light, bright yellow. Zesty citrus- and orchard fruit-scented nose shows a suave floral overtone and a hint of peach pit. Sharply focused Meyer lemon and pear flavors are light-bodied but nicely concentrated, showing good nervy lift and focus. Finishes dry and tight, with very clarity and spicy persistence."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 89 pts

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2011 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - Winestate mag.

2011 Thorn-Clarke Mt Crawford Chardonnay - Winestate mag.

"Aperitif style with a peachy/toasty oak nose and citrus, acod-based flavors"

Winestate Magazine (May/June 2012), TOP 40 BEST BUY

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Producer Information: Thorn Clarke

The name Thorn-Clarke represents the union between two families with deep roots in the Barossa Valley and six generations of grape growing. Cheryl Clarke’s (née Thorn) family were some of ...
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