Spring Seed Wine Co. Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, Australia
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'Four O'clock' is a vibrant, fresh Chardonnay with classic characters of stone fruit (nectarine and white peach) and citrus (lime and pink grapefruit) on the nose. The palate reflects the gorgeous characters you find on the nose. Spring Seed Chardonnay is clean, fresh and has wonderful persistence and length.
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International Wine Cellar - "Pale gold. Aromas of pit fruits, honey and nutmeg, with a subtle floral overtone. Ripe, supple nectarine and pear flavors are lifted by gentle acidity and show good energy. Finishes smooth and persistent, leaving a tangy ginger note behind."
Spring Seed Wine Co. Winery
Spring Seed Wines are single vineyard, organically grown and certified wines that best express the unique character of our foothills site in McLaren Vale, Australia, in a fresh, balanced style which appeals to wine lovers everywhere.
Traditional winemaking and natural minimal processing, combined with organic viticulture helps us ensure the purity, integrity and flavour of our vineyard in the Spring Seed Wines. View all Spring Seed Wine Co. Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.