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2012 Bilgavia Estate Chardonnay

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Rich and generous, the 2012 Bilgavia Estate Chardonnay from our Broke Fordwich vineyard displays attractive Hunter Valley regional flavours of pineapple, white peach and citrus fruits. These are held within a complex and textured palate which is complemented by cashew and oatmeal characters.  The long finish is lively and fresh.

Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Region: 100% Hunter Valley (Broke Fordwich sub region).

Cellar: Enjoy now and over the next few years. 

Alc/Vol: 12.5%



Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com.au, March 2013:  "Bright, light to mid-yellow colour. Nougat aromas, toasted nut and subtly spicy. The palate is very spritely and fresh, clean and crisp, with energising acidity and brisk fruit. Snappy, fresh, fruit-driven style and an exemplary wine in the very lightly-oaked genre. 90/100"

John Lewis, Newcastle Herald, June 2013:  "Here's a pleasant, fresh, modern style chardonnay from what was a rain-plagued Hunter Valley vintage. Although Bilgavia's 2012 shiraz was wiped out by the rain, chardonnay and verdelho were harvested in good condition and that's evident in the this wine.  It is brass-tinted light gold in the glass and has scents of apricot and cashews.  Crisp white peach flavour zips on to the front palate and preserved lemon, melon, mineral and vanillin oak characters integrate on the middle palate. Slatey acid features on the finish. Drink with corn and chorizo frittata. Rating 4/5"

Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury, May 2013:  "An impressive chardonnay that heralds the second coming of Bilgavia Estate under its new owners, Leona and Phil Gunter. Displays an aromatic stonefruit and melon profile, nutty characters, subtle oak treatment, lovely balance and a clean, creamy finish."

Paul Ippolito, paulippolito.com.au, April 2013:  "Young fresh hip and happening this is a zesty buzzing Chardonnay – light to medium bodied with an array of citrus coming through and shining like a beacon. Good integrated oak and lively acidity complement the fruit flavours. Very easy drinking right now and stylish overall in its impartment. Try this with seasoned roast chicken. About $30. Drink Now to 2015. 12.5%. 90/100- Very Good."

Regan Drew, vinonotebook.com.au, March 2013:  "The label itself is new to the market, whilst other outputs are sold off, leaving a selected tranche to be released under Bilgavia. I’m a sucker for good packaging and this one is pleasing to the eye and feels good in the hand.

A lovely light blonde gold in the glass. Sniffs of subtle white stone fruits and soft lemon when cool. The nose crescendos to baked peach and vanilla cream when warmed up a little. There’s a little bit of lees work with drifts of light biscuit/water cracker. Quite round and smooth on the palate without sticky-out oak treatment; plenty of soft tropical fruits and preserved lemon to give a nice line of fruit.

The acidity for a young white wine was kept well in check and along with that oak treatment, there’s good balance with the fruit. All of this leading to a drinkable young Chardonnay with a medium full palate. It’s not going to be considered in the upper echelons of Australian Chardonnay, but there’s nothing wrong with it either.  Full article..."

Jim McMahon, Education Magazine, March 2013:  "Bilgavia Estate is that new kid on the Hunter Valley block, situated in the Broke-Fordwich part of the Hunter. Recently I tried a couple of their whites - the 2012 Hunter Valley Chardonnay and 2012 Hunter Valley Verdelho, part of a trio of whites (including Semillon) that shine in this part of the world. The Bilgavia Chardonnay is pale green straw in colour. The nose offers mandarin and green apple flavours with minimal oak. The palate is fresh and fruit driven with firm acidity combined with subtle oak and mango and vanilla flavours. The wine has balanced acidity and finishes crisp and dry."

Mike Burnett, Launceston Examiner, March 2013:  "At this stage though it is one step at a time for Bilgavia and the first two whites, although not blockbusters, are fair value and should be well received. The 2012 Chardonnay runs to the Hunter script with creamy softness, peach, a hint of pineapple and supporting oak.