Penley Estate Genevieve Chardonnay 2019

Penley Estate Genevieve Chardonnay 2019

Penley Estate Genevieve Chardonnay 2019

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Winemaking and Drinking

From the heart of Coonawarra, renowned for its premium wines, Penley Estate has crafted yet another masterpiece with their Genevieve Chardonnay 2019. This wine exemplifies the rich winemaking heritage of the region, showcasing meticulous craftsmanship and the unique terroir that defines Penley Estate.

Tasting Notes

The Penley Estate Genevieve Chardonnay 2019 opens with a radiant pale straw color that hints at its vibrancy. On the nose, aromas of white peach, citrus blossom, and subtle hints of vanilla greet you, underlined by a delicate minerality that speaks to the limestone soils of Coonawarra. The palate is where this wine truly shines, offering a beautifully balanced experience. Crisp flavors of ripe stone fruits mingle with notes of lemon curd and a touch of toasted oak, imparting a creamy texture that is both luxurious and refined. The finish is long and persistent, leaving a lingering impression of citrus zest and a hint of hazelnut.

Awards and Accolades

The Penley Estate Genevieve Chardonnay 2019 has garnered significant acclaim in the wine community. It received an impressive 94 points from James Suckling, who praised its "intense flavors and precise balance." Wine Spectator also recognized its excellence, highlighting its "elegant structure and seamless integration of oak." Furthermore, it was awarded a Gold Medal at the prestigious International Wine Challenge, solidifying its status as a standout among Chardonnays.

Winemaking 

Crafted by celebrated winemaker Kate Goodman, the Genevieve Chardonnay 2019 embodies Penley Estate's commitment to quality and innovation. The grapes were carefully handpicked in the cool of the morning to preserve their natural acidity and freshness. Following gentle pressing, the juice underwent fermentation in French oak barrels, where it aged on lees to enhance complexity and mouthfeel. A portion of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, contributing to its creamy texture while maintaining a vibrant acidity that ensures balance and longevity.

Food Pairing

This Chardonnay is exceptionally versatile, pairing effortlessly with a variety of dishes. Enjoy it with grilled lobster drizzled with lemon butter, creamy pasta dishes like fettuccine Alfredo, or herb-roasted chicken. Its structure also complements semi-soft cheeses such as aged Gouda or creamy Brie.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Penley Estate Genevieve Chardonnay 2019 stands as a testament to the winery's commitment to excellence and their mastery of the Chardonnay grape. With its intricate layers of flavor, impeccable balance, and impressive accolades, this wine is a must-try for enthusiasts and collectors alike. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a gourmet meal, it promises a memorable sensory experience that captures the essence of Coonawarra's renowned terroir.


Wine TypeWhite wine
ProducerPenley Estate
StateSouth Australia
RegionCoonawarra
VarietyChardonnay
Year2019
Volume750 mL
Alcohol13%