A proper Barossa chardonnay bargain
It was a desire for a change from his nightly riesling tipple at the Tanunda club that led the Owl to the Heidenreich Vineyards Old School Class of 2017 Chardonnay. Now Barossa and chardonnay normally don't go together. The climate is not cool enough say the experts and most of the Valley's chardonnay vines have made way for the far more profitable shiraz.
Up at Vine Vale on the outskirts of Tanunda the Heidenreich family have continued to be unfashionable and, blow me down, have made a most drinkable chardonnay. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back for more.
On the Owl's rating score it is a 92 - one of the very few wines tasted this year that are above the 90 level.
At $100 a dozen ($8.33 a bottle) at the cellar door the just released 2018 is a proper bargain.