Charlotte Dalton Arkangel Semillon 12pk 2016
A labour of love, Charlotte Hardy makes wines because that is her passion she simply says ”I love wine.”
Having made wine all over the world for 15 years, she has been drinking wine all over the world for longer. Whether walking through the vineyards., or immersed in the journey of turning grapes into wine, she loves to watch the personalities develop in every single barrel and to observe the effect of the years passing on bottles of wine. Charlotte thinks wine can be felt, and get so much joy making the Charlotte Dalton wines that surely, you will feel joy when you drink them. Simply put, the Charlotte Dalton Wines are made to bring her joy, happiness and contentedness and to share and hopefully pass those feelings on through the wines.
"While Charlotte Dalton Wines may be in relative infancy, Hardy's backstory speaks of broad experience and influence. While many younger generation winemakers in the Adelaide Hills seek out smashable, simple wine styles, Hardy is quietly crafting her carefully made, refined and finessed wines." Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine
Charlotte Dalton (Hardy) is showing some great form early from her solo project. Adelaide Hills semillon here is raised in oak barrels and on its lees before bottling. Oak and lees show a strong impact on this wine.
Strong aromas of nougat, brown sugar-dusted porridge, lemon curd. It’s oak and lees then fruit here, or so it feels. That being said, there’s complexity, a feel, or sense, of what happens when, for example, Bordeaux or Rhone whites get a hand from crafty winemaking – the wine becomes bigger than the fruit, layered, amplified. The palate is quite full, again shows nougat, cookie dough and then the lemon characters steam roll in alongside a whip crack of steely acidity, with a lingering dusty oakiness to finish. It’s a wine that likely needs more time to bring all its elements together, but offers complexity and character for the future.
Source: Mike Bennie, The Wine Front