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The Thomas Hyland range honours the pioneering spirit of Thomas Hyland, son-in-law of Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold, whose stewardship of the company from the late 1800s until 1914 saw the development of what, in his lifetime, became Australia's most famous name in wine.
The Thomas Hyland Cool Climate Chardonnay is primarily sourced from Adelaide Hills - including a substantial component (11%) from the famous Piccadilly sub-region.
Minimal filtration preserves the elegance of these fruit flavours and the wine is barrel fermented to increase complexity of aromas.
After primary fermentation the chardonnay is matured in French oak barriques for around seven to nine months. The wine is regularly stirred on lees to further enhance palate texture and flavours. Malolactic fermentation is also employed to encourage creaminess and weight.
While the Thomas Hyland Chardonnay is a modestly priced wine in Penfolds’ portfolio, it can include fruit relegated from Penfolds’ top white wine, Yattarna.