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2014 Summers Chardonnay

The Fruit:

The 2014 Summers Chardonnay fruit was sourced from the premium cool
climate regions of Eden Valley, Alpine Valley and the Adelaide Hills. The Eden
Valley and Adelaide Hills experienced a cool, dry winter with below average
rainfall which was further compounded by extremely windy conditions leading
to some poor fruit set and smaller berry size. The resulting low crops and small
berries ripened perfectly however giving rich, concentrated flavours and
excellent acid retention. All of this is reflected in the outstanding quality of the
2014 Chardonnay.

The Winemaking:

The fruit was chilled and whole bunch pressed, with 100% of the wine
fermented in a combination of new (55%), one, two and three year old French
oak hogsheads. The wine was matured as individual batches in fermentation
vessels for 8 months. Regular battonage (stirring of yeast lees) took place to
enhance the texture of the wine, prior to blending and bottling.


2014 Summers Chardonnay

The Comments:

Pale straw with platinum highlights, the 2014 Summers Chardonnay is a prime
example of a cool climate barrel fermented chardonnay from a sensational
vintage. Using fruit from a variety of cool climate regions across Australia, this
wine is elegant, rich, complex and utterly seductive, with a vast array of
aromas and flavours. The nose is a creamy combination of oak, yeast and fruit
derived characters; of white peach, lemon, nectarine, fresh pineapple and
clove which is complemented by slight savoury cheese like aromas, together
with vanilla, and cinnamon on the finish. The palate is zesty and rich, with a
creamy mid palate from extended lees contact and battonage, with a strong
acid backbone delivering length across the palate. The flavours in the mid
palate are richly decadent, similar to the aromas, with a slightly funky edge
(evidence of non-saccharomyces yeast influence). The wine finishes with a
clean burst of citrus and zingy acidity that lingers long after the wine is gone. A
stylish, sophisticated and luxurious wine with aging potential of 8-10 years.
Chardonnay is a great match to creamy seafood and chicken dishes.

awards and reviews

2014 Summers Chardonnay


  • 2014 Summers Chardonnay
    • Bronze | 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Queensland Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show
  • 2013 Summers Chardonnay
    • Bronze | 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
    • Bronze | 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show
  • 2012 Summers Chardonnay
    • 90 Points | Natalie MacLean
      Natalie MacLeannataliemaclean.com, Jul 2013

      A toasty chardonnay that balances smoky oak with vibrant green apple fruit. Full-bodied and balanced. This is a very consistent producer. Try this wine with roast chicken or lobster dipped in butter.

    • Silver | 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards

      Lifted lemon and lime zest nose, with a biscuity note, followed by a creamy palate yet with a lively, vibrant edge of bright citrus and stone fruit. Well worked, textured and long though even and elegant.

    • Bronze – 2013 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2013 Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Ross Noble
      Ross NobleMt Barker Courier, SA, May 2013

      This chardonnay is a product of a 'superb' vintage in these neighbouring areas, some say the best year for a decade or more. Most of the fruit was fermented in French Oak hogsheads…. And it has the quality to be worth putting some in the cellar for up to a decade, classy, drink as an aperitif or with, say, roast chicken or veal.

    • Mike Burnett
      Mike BurnettVintage, Launceston Examiner TAS, May 2013

      …rich, complex and flavoursome Summers Chardonnay.

    • Kerry Skinner
      Kerry SkinnerGrapevine, Illawarra Mercury NSW, Apr 2013

      This blend of cool-climate fruit from the Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley is one of the reasons why chardonnay is on the comeback trail. Complex yet elegant, with an array of stonefruit, citus and melon, nutty characters and just a hint of oak influence after fermtation in used French Oak.

    • Michael Southern
      Michael SouthernPittwater Life NSW, Apr 2013

      …a blend from the Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley. The oak, from French one, two and three year old hogsheads is subtle, creating a classy wine that will go for eight to ten years.

  • 2011 Summers Chardonnay
    • 91 Points – James Halliday
      James Hallidaytasted Jan 2012

      Vibrant green hue; a vibrant and complex blend of nectarine, charcuterie and spices derived from well-handled oak; driven by a tight core of acidity with a minerally palate and plenty of savoury complexity; moderately long and evenly balanced.

    • 91 Points | James Halliday

      Vibrant green hue; a vibrant and complex blend of nectarine, charcuterie and spices derived from well-handled oak; driven by a tight core of acidity with a minerally palate and plenty of savoury complexity; moderately long and evenly balanced.

    • Bronze – 2013 International Wine Challenge UK
    • Bronze – 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Craig Pinhey
      Craig PinheyWineAccess, Canada, Feb 2013

      A blend of fruit from Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills, this wine has wet stone, perfume, French oak and floral aromas, with a bit of a reductive quality to it. Medium in body, with a pleasant mix of fruit and oak on palate, this is a very good wine. There is great balance, crisp acidity, yet it is rich - a new kind of premium cool-climate chardonnay. Try it alongside halibut with a squeeze of lemon that's been cooked in oil fondue.

    • 4.5 Stars - Rod Phillips
      Rod Phillips500 Best-Value wines in the LCBO (Canada) Oct 2012

      This is a lovely chardonnay, with plenty of well-focused and complex flavours complemented by a broad seam of brisk, fresh acidity.  All components work well here.  It's a very versatile food wine that goes as well with roast chicken and port as with grilled white fish and seafood.

    • Evan Saviolidis
      Evan SaviolidisWine Savvy - evanwinesavvy.com Sep 2012

      The grapes for this wine were sourced from the cooler regions of Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills. this has produced a refined and aromatic Chardonnay imbued with lemon zest, minerals, white flowers, pear, apple and a hint of honey. The palate is vibrant with refreshing acidity working in conjunction with the lemon, apple and pear on the long finale.

  • 2010 Summers Chardonnay
    • 91 Points – Natalie MacLean
      Natalie MacLeannataliemaclean.com, Apr 2012

      Love the hazelnut richness and green apple vibrancy that mingle on the nose of this wine! The palate is a rush of white peach, nectarine and nutmeg with refreshing lime acidity on the finish. I love the back story on this wine: it was named in honour of the winery's accountant of 30 years, Miles Summers. His sun will never set with this wine. Food matches: roast chicken, lobster in butter, corn dishes.

    • Gold – 2011 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Gold – 2011 Hobart Wine Show
    • Silver – 2011 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Comp
    • Silver – 2011 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2011 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Comp
    • Bronze – 2011 Royal Queensland Wine Show
    • Other (4 Stars) – WineState, National, Apr 2012
      WineState, National, Apr 2012

      A pretty, lifted white peach bouquet and simple but very nice sweet fruit palate with gentle oak and crisp acidity.

    • Rick Allen
      Rick AllenHills Shire Times, March 2012

      While Grant Burge proudly calls home the Barossa Valley, he's ventured to the cooler climates of Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley for this wine. For me, he's got a good'un on his hands. The melon and stone fruit flavours are elegant and balanced, and they're given a lift by a limey citrus tang that freshens the palate on the finish. Most enjoyable and a stand-out with roast pork.

    • Selector | Jan 2012
      Selector - Jan 2012

      After what has been hailed as a challenging vintage, Grant Burge is pleased to release his flagship whites: 2011 Thorn Riesling, 2011 East Argyle Pinot Gris, 2011 Kraft Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Summers Chardonnay, all from his renowned vineyard range. Grant believes that the much talked about 2011 vintage has turned out some of the best examples yet of his flagship white wines, courtesy of carefully managed and selected fruit parcels, while the 2010 vintage, which was acclaimed to be the best of the decade, has resulted in a excellent Summers Chardonnay.

    • Vintages | Canada | May 2012
      Vintages, Canada, May 2012

      Lovely armoas of citrus, oak, nut and hints of spice. On thepalate peach, apple, citrus and oak mingle together with racy acidity and finishing long. Medium-bodied. Tastes and feels more expensive. Excellent summer appertif, but can also be paired with light seasoned salmon.

    • Barry Weinman
      Barry WeinmanFinewineclub.com.au Nov 2011

      A lovely wine that would be my pick to drink now. This has balance and poise that is missing in some others. The fruit is subdued on the nose, but everything is in place. The palate is superb. Refined, silky and quite seamless, this has plenty of class. Whilst modern, this is rich and textured. Good fruit and careful oak use in evidence. This could benefit from a few years in the cellar, but it is more generous than the Cape Mentelle, making it a better drink young.

    • Kerry Skinner
      Kerry SkinnerQuench, Illawarra Mercury Nov 2011

      A blend of fruit from the Adelaide Hills and the Eden Valley, 80 percent matured in new and used French Oak, the remainder fermented in steel tanks. It works a treat with the citrus and stone fruit the main driver, accompanied by butterscotch characters, lively acidity and a creamy finish.

    • Winestate, National, Apr 2009
      Winestate, National, Apr 2009

      One for the old fashioned chardonnay enthusiast. Powerful fruit development balanced by lots of wood.

  • 2008 Summers Chardonnay
    • 92 Points | James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2012

      Glowing yellow-green; the most elegant yet from Grant Burge, doubtless part of the broader shift to lower alcohol, less worked chardonnays; stone fruit and grapefruit flavours are backed by fresh acidity and tightly controlled oak.

    • 92 Points – James Halliday

      Tasted 5/03/2011

    • Bronze – 2009 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Other (4 Stars) – WineState Magazine - April 2011
      WineState Magazine - April 2011. **Also listed in "Style Tastings - Best Wines of 2011" in the February 2012 issue**

      Refined and very elegant chardonnay with lots of class! Sexy, smoky, bacon bone nose and rich fleshy palate with generous flavours.

    • Winewise, November 2010
      Winewise, November 2010

      Drinking at its peak, displaying honey, nuts and white peach characteristics. The richly flavoured palate is creamy and satisfying.

  • 2007 Summers Chardonnay
    • 90 Points | Natalie MacLean
      Natalie MacLeannataliemaclean.com, Mar 2012

      A lovely round, buttery, full-bodied chardonnay with layers of green apple notes and toasty oak. Perfect for roast chicken.

    • Bronze – 2009 Canberra Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Bronze – 2008 Hobart International Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2008 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • James Halliday
      James Halliday2010 Australian Wine Companion

      A big, rich toasty wine, pushing toward fresh figs and almonds; rich and deep on the palate, but a little heavy on the finish.

  • 2006 Summers Chardonnay
    • 91 Points – James Halliday
      James Halliday2009 Australian Wine Companion

      Developed colour; is obvious but, particularly on the palate, fine, nectarine fruit comes through strongly, reflecting the regional components. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    • 91 Points – James Halliday

      Tasted 5/09/2007

    • Silver – 2007 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Silver – 2007 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Silver – 2007 Hobart Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2007 Perth Wine Show
    • Other (commended) – 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards
    • Other (commended) – 2008 International Wine Challenge
    • Jay Miller
      Jay MillerWine Advocate-November 2007

      The 2006 Chardonnay “Summers” was barrel-fermented and aged in French oak with stirring of the lees. It reveals notes of toasty oak, butter, apple, pear, and a hint of tropical fruits. Smooth textured, ripe, and concentrated, it will drink well for 2-3 years. It is a very good value (wine).

    • Ray Jordan
      Ray JordanWest Australian, WA, Nov 08

      A lot to like about this full flavoured chardonnay that combines some fresh lime and light marmalade characters with richer toasty nuttiness. Good wine for the next two years especially with white meat dishes or creamy pastas.

  • 2005 Summers Chardonnay
    • Silver – 2006 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Silver – 2006 International Chardonnay Challenge
    • Bronze – 2006 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Other (Commended) – 2007 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • 2004 Summers Chardonnay
    • 90 Points – Andrew Corrigan MW
      Andrew Corrigan MWTop 100 Wines-Courier Mail Brisbane, June 2006

      This hails (55 per cent) from Burge’s not long established Summers vineyard in the Eden Valley, the rest is from the Adelaide Hills. As wooded chardonnays must not show their oak, if they are to stay popular, this has it cleverly hidden.

    • 90 Points – James Halliday
      James HallidayAustralian Wine Companion 2007

      Complex, slightly funky aromas; tangy, intense grapefruit and melon flavours; brisk acidity, controlled oak.

    • 90 Points – James Halliday

      Complex, slightly funky aromas; tangy, intense grapefruit and melon flavours; brisk acidity, controlled oak. Strange choice of closure.

    • Silver – 2005 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Silver – 2005 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2005 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2006 Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2005 Hobart Wine Show
    • Other (Seal of Approval) – 2006 International Wine Challenge London
    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey Steiman -WineSpectator.com 2006

      Lean and peppery, with a spicy character reminiscent of paprika, modest fruit and a slightly tart finish.

  • 2003 Summers Chardonnay
    • Trophy – 2004 Adelaide Wine Show
    • 92 Points – James Halliday
      James HallidayWine Companion 2006

      Delicious wine; supple melon and fig; good line and length; balanced oak.

    • 92 Points – James Halliday

      Tasted 8/07/2004

    • 91 Points –

      Grapefruit, nettle and basil smelling; cool and zesty. Has tightness and zest in the mouth too, with lovely grapefruit flavours and mid-palate creaminess, building nutty smoky characters to close. Great value chardonnay; really stylish.

    • Gold – 2004 Hobart Wine Show
    • Gold – 2004 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Canberra Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2004 Burswood Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Huon Hooke
      Huon HookeUK Wine Report 2006

      Best Bargains.

    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWineSpectator.com 2005

      Bright and juicy, with lively lemon, pear and spice flavours persisting on the refined finish.

    • Huon Hooke
      Huon HookeThe Sydney Morning Herald, January 2005

      A gold-medal at the 2004 Adelaide Wine Show and a perennial favourite of mine. Cool-grown Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley fruit. Great value; a wine that shows some of the elegance and complexity (from sophisticated winemaking) that you expect to see in much dearer chardonnays.

  • 2002 Summers Chardonnay
    • Trophy – 2003 Canberra Wine Show

      Acumen Alliance Trophy

    • Gold – 2003 Canberra Wine Show
    • Silver – 2003 Royal Queensland Show
    • Silver – 2003 Hobart Wine Show
    • Silver – 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2004 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Silver – 2003 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Silver – 2003 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2003 Perth Royal Wine Show
    • Other (Professionals and Consumers Award) – 2003 Hyatt Wine Show
    • Harvey Steiman
      Harvey SteimanWine Spectator Apr 2004

      Bright and lively, an exuberant style that offers apple, pineapple and lime flavours that last on the finish.

    • Graeme Phillips
      Graeme PhillipsThe Sunday Tasmanian, 13 April 2003

      Big, rich and complex but balanced by some excellent fresh acids and a refined structure, good varietal fruit and subtle oak making for a full-flavoured, elegant and crisply refreshing drop that will be even better after a few years in the cellar.

    • Mike Burnett
      Mike BurnettThe Examiner, 16 April 2003

      The 2002 Summers has citrus and peach flavours, with some nuttiness and a creamy mouth-feel. It finishes fresh and clean.

  • 2001 Summers Chardonnay
    • Gold – 2002 Adelaide Wine Show
    • Silver – 2002 Perth Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Royal Sydney Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Hobart Wine Show
    • National Liquor News, August 2002
      National Liquor News, August 2002

      Well structured with nicely integrated oak, rich grapefruit and pear characters. Nose rich and concentrated, palate-nice knitted flavours. Dry palate, crisp, lemon and oak, well balanced. Rich and nutty and long on the finish.

    • Robert Mayne
      Robert MayneThe Canberra Times October 2002

      Burge makes very good wines and this wine reinforces his reputation as one of the best, if not the best, of the middle-sized wineries in the Barossa. He’s consistent too. The Summers Chardonnay, together with a layer of restrained and elegant oak, has a full, satisfying palate. It has balance and complexity and, again, I recommend it highly to you.

    • Tony Love
      Tony LoveThe Advertiser, November 27, 2002

      Gold colours with vanilla, caramel and lemon on the nose and slightly savoury in the mouth with a long finish.

  • 2000 Summers Chardonnay
    • Trophy – 2002 Winpac, Hong Kong Wine Challenge
    • Gold – 2002 Winpac, Hong Kong Wine Challenge
    • Silver – 2002 San Francisco Wine Competition
    • Bronze – 2002 Barossa Wine Show
    • Bronze – 2002 Dallas Wine Show


2014 Summers Chardonnay



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