BK Wines 'Swaby' Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Australia

Item No. 131355
  • white wine
  • JH96
  • WS93
  • ST91
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Power without too much weight…the hallmarks of all great Chardonnay. How does this happen? Through intensity of flavors and textures while remaining balanced in all aspects. The Swaby Vineyard in the coolest pocket of the Adelaide Hills, Piccadilly, is a site that always produces powerful and deeply textured Chardonnay. It is truly up to the winemaker to ensure acidity and balance shows up at the table.

The 2012 Swaby Chardonnay is a remarkable example of the much maligned grape coming back into favor yet again. Barrel fermentation with copious amount of battonage would appear to be a recipe for 1990s California Chardonnay, but no so much here. There is plenty of brightness and clarity to a broad wine. The grapes are whole bunch pressed to 30% new French wood and naturally fermented. Battonage occurs daily over a nine month window while resting for a total of 12 months in barrel. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally as well with 80% of the volume going fully through malo. The result must be tasted to be believed. It has its foot in the new world while paying tribute to great Chardonnay of the old.

Critical Acclaim

"A prime example of the class of the best Adelaide Hills chardonnays; white peach, fig, melon, cashew and citrussy acidity flow in a calm stream across the tongue and onto the back-palate and finish without any break; impossible not to like this style."
96 Points

"Sleek and silky, brimming with toasty, mineral-accented pear compote and savory spice flavors, lingering easily on the expressive finish. Has presence and finesse. Drink now through 2020. 350 cases made."
93 Points

"Bright yellow. Smoky, oak-spiced aromas of poached pear, honey, anise and white flowers. Shows very good depth of flavor but comes off lithe and precise, with good lift to its juicy orchard and citrus fruit flavors. Finishes tangy and long, with a hint of bitter quinine and lingering smokiness. "
91 Points

Learn About BK Wines

BK Wines is a small artisan producer expressing single site and soul owned by Brendon and Kirsty Keys. Brendon is a Kiwi turned Aussie DJ, Chef and Winemaker. He sports a ginger beard and a wry smile and a lack of pretension. Brendon has worked in the US, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa. The wines are made at their own winery, Altamont Premium Studio, along with contract-made wines for a number of businesses in and around the Adelaide Hills.

Learn About Barossa Valley

The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley. Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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