A crisp modern chardonnay dedicated Greg Trott, the founder of Wirra Wirra and his passion for Australian cricket, the 12th man is the perfect chardonnay for anyone looking for a well balanced wine with excellent length.
Vibrant gold in colour, the 12th man exudes aromas of sweet brioche, grilled cashews, almonds and biscuity oak with lemon juice and lemon curd. On the palate lemon, grapefruit and white peach flavours are complemented by a creamy, savoury character developed from natural ferment and time spent on lees. The Oak and acidity of the chardonnay have been carefully balanced, resulting in a textural, supple, well balanced chardonnay with a long palate. This wine is ready to drink now, however will benefit from cellar for between 5 and 7 years.
Awards and Accolades
100 Best Australian Wines 2017/2018, Matthew Jukes “The standout (Wirra Wirra) wine of the year is The 12th Man! This is a vital chardy with crisp modern lines and an energetic, combative finish. The oak is blonde and cool and this serves to heighten the tension found throughout this wine. The alcohol is keenly positioned in the mid twelves and this adds a squeakiness, too. Basically, this is a raspy, crunchy, crisp apple chardonnay with a steely core and a vitality which will endear it to all.”
91 Points - Stuart Robinson, The Vinsomniac (2016 Vintage) “Subtle changes to the 12th Man over the years, here more of the stonefruit, citrus and grapefruit freshness than the oak and meal of yore. Still retains this vanilla creaminess. Fairly loose, open - good balanced acidity and spice. Good length, generosity.”
2014 Vintage: 94 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion "Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed to French oak for wild fermentation, mlf encouraged, plus stirring, matured for 9 months in French barriques (20% new). Adelaide Hills chardonnay responds well to mlf, here it adds a layer of creamy complexity, but doesn't diminish the main thrust of stone fruit and citrus, the oak likewise allowed to make its mark."
Don't Pay: $35.00
WBW Rating: 93/100
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Winemaker: Paul Smith
Drink now until: 2023
Alc/Vol: 12.8 %
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