Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 274,883 strong:

Register Today!
Ad

Hill-Smith Chardonnay 2015 Wine Review

Hill-Smith Chardonnay 2015

Hill-Smith Chardonnay 2015

Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 4

  Add My Review


Price: $21.95

Drink: 2018-2023

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Hill-Smith

Agent: B And W Wines

Natalie's Score: 92/100

Love the toasted almond undertone here in this rich yet ethereally balanced cool-climate Australian Chardonnay. Full-bodied but not heavy with lovely acidity. Green apple and pear on the nose and palate. Good layers of complexity and freshness. Satisfying finish. Try with seared tuna.

Chardonnay food pairings: seared tuna, planked salmon, smoked whitefish and crème fraiche.

Charming Grilled Chicken Wine

This Hill-Smith Chardonnay 2015 was reviewed on March 3, 2018 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2014  2010 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

Reviews and Ratings

Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This is a well balanced, full-bodied Chardonnay with pleasant oak integration. Creamy mouthfeel with crisp apple, pear, hazelnut, lime zest and a sploosh of vanilla. Pairs well with banana leaf baked white fish with lime zest. Tasted 2015 vintage in Feb 2018. 91 points
Hill-Smith Estate 2015 is a toasty, full-bodied Chardonnay from cool climate Eden Valley in South Australia. Look for fresh acidity, ripe apple, pear and creamy citrus flavours on the palate. Over five generations the Hill-Smith family have been pioneers in selecting exceptional vineyard sites for their estate wines. A favourite region has been the rugged undulating high country of Eden Valley, where the cooling gully breezes optimize their Chardonnay wine grapes. - Community Wine Reviews
Over five generations the Hill-Smith family have been pioneers in selecting exceptional vineyard sites to amplify the personality of their estate wines. A favourite region has been the rugged undulating high country of Eden Valley, where the cooling gully breezes optimise Chardonnay of creamy citrus and melon flavours with tangy acidity. Carefully crafted, this vibrant, pure and textured Chardonnay is the result of a natural wild yeast ferment, and maturation in fine grained French oak barriques.

Vintage Conditions
The growing season started well with above average winter rains filling the soil profile and dams. August and spring were drier and warmer than average, giving the vines a very healthy start. Good January rains kept the vines healthy and grapes ripening. The ripening conditions, flavours and natural acids could not have been more perfect.

Viticulture & Winemaking
Eden Valley has been a favourite playground of the Hill-Smith family, where the Chardonnay fruit for this wine has been sourced. Capitalising on our experience and success with growing the original Burgundian clones in our family vineyards, plantings of these special clones in selected growers’ vineyards have now come of age for this blend.
The finer flavours produced by these clones, in combination with the use of natural ‘wild yeast’ fermentation produce a complex and elegant wine with rich creamy flavour and tangy acidity. Palate structure and texture is further enhanced through extended lees contact. Around 80% of the blend was fermented and matured in new and 1-3 year old fine grained French barriques to add weight and texture, with the balance of the wine fermented in stainless steel to retain fruit freshness and vibrancy.

Winemaker’s Comments
Pale gold in colour with green tints. Fragrant citrus blossom, fresh quince and peach aromas are complemented by subtle hints of struck flint and wild yeast complexity. Generous flavours of fresh stone fruits and white nougat are balanced by a zesty citrus acidity. A fine, creamy lemon curd texture complements the freshness and leads to a moorish, slightly savoury finish. Drink now or cellar for up to 3 years.
Enjoy with a bowl of smoked salmon fettuccine, lemon zest, capers and crème fraiche.

Vintage Information
vintage: 2015 region: Eden Valley winemaker: Teresa Heuzenroeder harvested: February & March 2015
alc/vol: 13.5% total acid: 6.1 g/l pH: 3.34 oak treatment: 80% of the blend was fermented & matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (23% new, balance in 1-3 year old oak)

VEGAN FRIENDLY

If you liked the Hill-Smith Chardonnay 2015, you might also like these wines:

Ad

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO

PAIR WINE
& FOOD?

Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Lan Red Wine
2011,
Rioja D.O.C.A. ...

Natalie MacLean

Canada's Most Quoted Wine Writer

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 274,883 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.

FEEL LOST IN THE

LCBO?

Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times

GOT A SMARTPHONE?

Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.

GET NAT'S APP

Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  
Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award