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2017 Alena Chardonnay

2017 Alena Chardonnay


The 2017 Alena Chardonnay abides by our driving force of power, strength and elegance.  The oak is initially evident on the nose but as the wine opens aromas of just ripe peach, pear and flint begin to develop.  This is reflected on the palate with toasty, integrated oak supported by just ripe stone fruit characters and a long, lingering minerality.


The restraint on this wine suggests it will continue to age and improve in bottle.  Our Alena wines are designed to be drunk with some age on them but if you can’t wait, enjoy the 2017 Alena Chardonnay with skewers of Parmesan cheese and pear.


95 points James Halliday    WOW Factor Whites Selection 2018

  • Style

    Dry Red

  • Size

    750 ml


  • Packing

    6 bottles per carton


  • Description



  • Tasting Note


  • Details

    Alcohol: 13.0% |  Production: 180 dozen

  • Accolades

    95 points James Halliday    WOW Factor Whites Selection 2018

  • Winemakers Notes

    The 2017 Alena Chardonnay was hand harvested on 18 February.  The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the free run and pressings separated until final blending.  After chilling, 100% of the unsettled juice was placed in 500 litre puncheons and 228 litre barriques for fermentation by wild yeast.  The fermentation was long and slow, taking almost 2 ½ weeks to complete.  At the end of fermentation, the wine was left on yeast lees for 9 months with weekly stirring to develop a creamy, texture palate. The wine was blended and bottled in January 2018.

  • Reviews

    James Halliday 95 points
    This is Helen & Joey’s flagship Chardonnay, and has been made to age with grace thanks to its natural acidity, restrained use of new oak and (bravely) low alcohol. Unless you have had the luck to be able to taste new vintages of a good wine and then watch them develop over five to 10 years, you might well think the wine is too thin. It’s not. 12.5% alc.

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