2016 Patina Chardonnay


Members Only //  Orange consistently produces world class chardonnay; the Orange terroir seems to draw out the best of the variety.

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Product Description

Orange consistently produces world class chardonnay; the Orange terroir seems to draw out the best of the variety. It is a very versatile variety that expresses beautifully as a lightly wooded style or as a barrel fermented and lees aged wine which shows rich flavours and velvety mouth feel.

Winemaker: Gerald Naef

Colour: Pale straw.

Aromas: Toasty notes accented by enticing hints of peach, melon and honey are complemented by the complex, nutty oak and lees maturation aromas.

Palate: Delightful ripe fruit up front mix easily with the creamy lees and nuttiness derived from the oak. This is a very enticing wine.

Winemaking: This wine was fermented and aged on lees for 12 months in oak barrels.

Cellaring: It is drinking well now and I expect it become rounder and very scrumptious as it ages up to and possibly beyond 2030.

Reviews for our 2019 Chardonnay

92 Points “A rich and layered style of Chardonnay that maintains balance, and is undeniably moreish. A light yellow in the glass with a generous nose of white peach, fig and lees induced creamy richness. The palate is rounded and gives supple stone fruits that are set against clotted cream and gently spiced oak. There is a thread of citrus acidity that gives backbone to the wine, but plays second fiddle to the creamy and complex fruit.” The Winereviewer, Patrick Eckel

92 Points  “complex and rich, but still unmistakably classic cool-climate chardonnay with lovely balance… more”  Winsor Dobbin

92 Points   “It’s good to see a Patina Chardonnay once again. The last I tasted was the 2015 release back in 2018. This is a beauty and maintains the high standard set before. Scents of toasted marshmallows, barbecued yellow nectarines, cashews and figs all come running early. All elements mesh with ease with a squeeze of lemon juice that adds a sizzling tang. A veil of texture provides further interest finishing long and moreish. All up, this is a really tidy Chardonnay.” QWine

91 Points  “The Patina vineyards are located in Orange at over 900m in altitude, and it shows in the wines with their delicacy and freshness. This wine is pale in colour and a little shy to start but once it gets going it has plenty to offer with its classic cool climate chardonnay characters of floral and citrus fruits with just ripe rockmelon that I so often see in the wines from Orange. There is good, spicy oak but it is hiding behind those layers of fruit with some praline barrel ferment – it’s really quite complex. The palate is a bit richer – exotic guava and buttery fruits are driven by crisp acidity to a balanced and even pretty finish. There is some good quality to be had here in what is a modern Australian style of chardonnay. Drink it up with a prawn cocktail.” Angus Hughson, Winepilot

“This 2019 Patina Chardonnay opens up with a blast of aromas and flavours of ripe rockmelon & citrus The smooth malo-lactic treatment softens the natural acid and provides an easy glide across the tongue. This is all underpinned by mid-palate savouriness, tangy acid and primary fruit fulness The vanillin lift from the French oak is currently noticeable but should integrate smoothly with the other cool climate attributes. This very enjoyable 2019 Patina Chardonnay will reward some cellaring but is eminently gluggable now and well-worth seeking out.” The Grape Hunter, Gilbert Labour

“A delightful nose! Truly delightful. Citrusy, peachy and just a hint of honey (like it’s been dissolved in warm water, if you know what I mean). Quite the palate really. An abundance of flavour. Mainly stone fruits (peaches, nectarines and a little apricot influence maybe?) and some citrus character in there too. It’s lovely and creamy (thank you lees contact), it’s textural and has really good length with just a fine touch of acidity at the end. This is a beauty. Everything has bonded and in balance. Oh yeah!” Words from a Wineglass, Tony Peters

“… Quite a complex nose that keeps you going back…” Travelling Corkscrew

Additional Information


Medium to long term cellaring

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