Jacob's Creek, Lyndale Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia, 2018
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
In a year and an edition of the Decanter Asia Wine Awards when Chardonnay excellence proved harder to find than usual, this sleek, clean-lined and effortlessly assured Adelaide Hills stood out. Pale steel-spun green-gold in colour, the wine has haunting aromas of lemon, spring flowers and cut white mushroom. On the palate, it is fresh and athletic, close-textured yet lifted; look out for that lemon again, now thickened with hazel cream. Just eight months in oak has to be considered the perfect dose here, lending the wine charm without obviousness or exaggerated weight. The acidity is soft yet sustained.