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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
The Lucky Country Chardonnay 2010
The Lucky Country Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 110700)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Lucky Country Chardonnay comes from Barossa Valley, which is the largest fine wine producing region in Australia. It has some of the oldest vines in the world planted on their own rootstock dating back to the nineteenth century.

A lifted bouquet of lemon zest, melon, sherbet, pineapple, peach and musk. The palate starts out quite creamy with a lovely mouth-watering appeal. The soft acid is bountiful and gives the palate a lovely citrus lemon burst that powers the fruit effortlessly to a nice round and soft finish.

The Lucky Country started as a small project created by Michael Twelftree of the famed Two Hands Winery, for a select few clients.

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About The Lucky Country:

The Lucky Country is synonymous with Australia, the phrase having first been coined in the book of the same name in 1964 by Donald Horne. The phrase was initially used as an irony mocking the fortune of the post-colonial Australians of the 1960s.

Since then it has become a descriptive label for Australia and its wealth of natural resources, beautiful weather, stunning landscapes and relaxed lifestyle. It is the same slice of fortune that allows the fertile soils of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale to yield such lush, vibrant fruit from which The Lucky Country is made.

By contrast, Lucky Country Shiraz is made in a simple, natural fashion, with individual parcels of fruit fermented, pressed and barreled separately until blending just prior to bottling. Minimally fined and unfiltered, the wine starts out layered and concentrated, then reveals a much softer side on the finish.