I have mentioned previously how it’s been great to discover smaller wine producers and this is another you really need to get to know. Viticulturist, Jodi Armstrong and Sydney based Andrew Mason have formed a partnership that is producing some very smart, very reasonably priced booze in the form of Adelaide Hills Chardonnays and a Pinot Noir, and McLaren Vale Shiraz. You can be rest assured the wines are going to be pretty special because Jodi looks after the vineyards that produce the fruit that ends up under the screwcap of all the Sew and Sew range.
When I received these Chardonnays, my first thought was to try them separately to give the 2016 vintage a fair chance primarily because it was up against it’s slightly more expensive sibling. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong in my thoughts.
2016 Sashiko Series Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
It smells fresh and lively (courtesy of a soft citrusy lift), as you’d expect from a wine so young but I reckon it may even be a bit better in 6 or even 12 months time. It just seems to have that, I don’t know, zing about it. Add to this some stone fruit/slithered almond nuances to the palate and you have a pretty good wine for the price.
Region: Adelaide Hills Price: $25 Source: Sample
2015 Contour Series Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
This one is all about aromas, texture and length. The nose hums along more than bursts out of the glass and you can’t help but keep taking it in. The flavours are no different. Fleshy, textural fruit flavours are perfectly balanced by a gentle layer of acid in a wine that coats every part of your mouth. It’s quite deliciously moreish.
Region: Adelaide Hills Price: $35 Source: Sample
You can’t help but love what’s being produced in the Adelaide Hills when there are quality Chardonnays like these. Both definitely worth seeking out.