View Road Wines Amelie 2011 (Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills, SA)
12.6%, Cork, $37
According to View Road’s Josh Tuckfield with this wine is ‘looking for texture and something to challenge the senses’. 100% Chardonnay, this is fermented wild and spends 4.5 weeks on skins. Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay takes a step in an orange (or amber) direction.
Important to approach this without the technocrat hat on for you’ll be disappointed. Deep straw orange in colour, the nose is cut with vanilla bean and creme caramel. There’s no doubting the oxidation with gives this a nutty, slightly fusty edge, but mostly it smells promising.
The challenge is simply that the palate is too hard, dry and phenolic without any obvious sweetness, the acid high and the style unforgiving. Provocative, no doubt, but not quite a successful drink.
Tasted: September 2014
Score: 16/20, 87/100
Would I buy it? No.
Buy online: Cork Wine Cafe
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