Lark Hill Chardonnay 2010 (Canberra District)
13%, Screwcap, $35
Whether it is biodynamics, vine age or the increased influence of Chris Carpenter, switched on son of founders Sue & David, these Lark Hill wines are looking better than ever. This Chardonnay particularly so.
Lightly coloured and bright this has a fresh picked white peach succulence to it, the sort of snappy minerally freshness of cool fruit in top condition. That freshness extends right through the acid driven palate, the real acidity blending with mango ripe fruit and grapefruit. The barrel characters linger a little too long perhaps but the structure and form is sound to be back it up. Long, clean and very fresh. Will be even greater once it sheds the barrel infuence. Lovely.
Would I buy it? Yes.