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Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2022

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Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2022
Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2022
Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2022
Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2022
Producer Murdoch Hill
Region, Country Adelaide Hills, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 22232-750

The lion’s share of the fruit for the 2022 Rocket Chardonnay comes from the family’s recently acquired Lenswood Vineyard. Initially planted in 1989, this beautiful site sits at a lofty 500 metres elevation and is home to some of the oldest vines in the Lenswood area. With lineage and continuity of style in mind, alongside the 65% Lenswood component, 35% of the blend is sourced from one of the traditional, high-sited Rocket sources in Piccadilly Valley. The Lenswood site is home to a tapestry of clones but it was the clone 76 vines planted in 2000 and located in the western forest block that were chosen for the 2022 Rocket. In terms of style, Downer tells us the Lenswood site brings grace, purity and openness to the wine, providing a perfect juxtaposition to the racier expression of the Piccadilly fruit.

Whole bunch pressed, the juice was settled for less than 24 hours and rough racked to a mixture of demi-muids, puncheons and tight-grained low-toast French barriques (50% new) for nine months. The wine went through full malo. The parcels were then assembled to tank to rest for a few months before bottling in January.

Elevated by the quality and inherent power of the Lenswood fruit, the 2022 is densely aromatic, complex and layered with fresh citrus, wet minerals and a lick of lovely struck-match reduction. The palate is crammed with mouthcoating energy. Layered citrus and grilled nut flavours float on the palate aligned to gracing malo richness, mouthwatering acidity and a friendly tug of phenolic grip. The finish is powerful and super long. It’s a striking, high-octane model, and a world-class Chardonnay.

Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2022
Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2022
Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2022
Murdoch Hill Rocket Chardonnay 2022

Reviews

"Right up there at the apex of Aus chardonnay these days, it feels. Lots going on here. Brilliant texture too, almost chalky with pucker, bristling with ticklish general minerality, understated in flint, lime, green apple, halva, alpine herbs and fennel. Feels very sleek and slick, extra long, finely and tightly wound but with drinkability in tow. Very precise. A gentle savouriness underlying, with green almond a feature, a feature in the lingering finish. Kaleidoscopic in feel. Excellent mod-Aus chardy."
96 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
"Flint, nectarine skin, white peaches and chalk, a saline slake of mineral torque, pungent and saliva-sapping across the long, punchy finish. Classy oak embossment. Somewhere between the Jura and the nether of the New World, this is an exceptional if not highly stylised, mid-weighted chardonnay molded for the acid freak. Will age well, no doubt. I often prefer the Tilbury bottling, but not in this instance. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
96 points, Ned Goodwin MW, jamessuckling.com
“Bright light to mid yellow with a complex bouquet of smoky reduction, toasty oak and savoury fruit-derived flavours that last a long time on the palate. The finish is cleansing and dry, with a lip-smacking touch of tannin in perfect harmony with the rest of the wine's components. Delicious mealy flavour with stone fruits and citrus, oak well in the background.”
95 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review

Reviews

"Right up there at the apex of Aus chardonnay these days, it feels. Lots going on here. Brilliant texture too, almost chalky with pucker, bristling with ticklish general minerality, understated in flint, lime, green apple, halva, alpine herbs and fennel. Feels very sleek and slick, extra long, finely and tightly wound but with drinkability in tow. Very precise. A gentle savouriness underlying, with green almond a feature, a feature in the lingering finish. Kaleidoscopic in feel. Excellent mod-Aus chardy."
96 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
"Flint, nectarine skin, white peaches and chalk, a saline slake of mineral torque, pungent and saliva-sapping across the long, punchy finish. Classy oak embossment. Somewhere between the Jura and the nether of the New World, this is an exceptional if not highly stylised, mid-weighted chardonnay molded for the acid freak. Will age well, no doubt. I often prefer the Tilbury bottling, but not in this instance. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
96 points, Ned Goodwin MW, jamessuckling.com
“Bright light to mid yellow with a complex bouquet of smoky reduction, toasty oak and savoury fruit-derived flavours that last a long time on the palate. The finish is cleansing and dry, with a lip-smacking touch of tannin in perfect harmony with the rest of the wine's components. Delicious mealy flavour with stone fruits and citrus, oak well in the background.”
95 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review

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