Palladian Chardonnay 2020
A slightly richer style with more intensity of flavour than the Parterre Chardonnay it has aromas of just ripe pineapple, white peach, tropical lime, almond milk and biscuity toasty oak. It has bright grapefruit acidity with flavours of tropical lime and creamy cinnamon scented almond milk; it has bright acidity while the oak and lees contact give the wine a lovely rich cashew richness.
Reviews and Awards
"We must all follow different houses for their different styles. Here, Fraser Gallop's chardonnay style is on show: lower alcohol, pristine, crystalline fruit, shaped by fine saline acid and curving in a quartz-like, delicate manner through the finish. This 2020 Palladian is the best, finest, most magical, most alluring Palladian release I have ever tried. It is off the charts."
- Erin Larkin, Wine Companion, 97 pts
"Tight, zesty, cinnamon oak spice and almond pastry, pear and lime, plus a little struck match. It’s lean, but powerful, bursts with mixed citrus and pear skin flavour, bright with firm flinty grip, and a superb long finish, all lime zest and spicy honey biscuits. Regal and refined. Margaret River Chardonnay in full flight."
- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 96 pts
"Light, bright colour and an intense spicy aroma, which owes a lot to high-class oak barrels. Lemon and grapefuit, too. The wine is fresh and zippy on the palate, tight and concentrated, with bright lemony acidity and a mouthwatering aftertaste. There's a slight impression of sweetness thanks to concentrated fruit at its heart, followed by zesty acidity. A refreshing, invigorating wine."
- Huon Hooke, The Real Review 95 pts
"This steps right up the scale in terms of intensity and power with ripe lemon and pineapple fruit aromas and flavors, as well as peach and wet stone. The palate holds tight for now, and this has many layers to unfurl over the next six years."
- James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, 95 pts