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Lethbridge Ooh La La Chardonnay - Geelong

Lethbridge Ooh La La Chardonnay 2022 - Geelong

Vintage: 2022 | Type: Whites | Producer: Lethbridge
Region: Victoria
Alc: 13.5%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

$26.99: Per bottle (Online Only)
$323.88: Per case of 12 (free shipping)

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"Chardonnay is the most popular white wine on earth and, more recently, it has also become the most divisive. The problem is opinion, too much oak, too much MLF, too much acid. Luckily we are not all the same, is it a case of either you like it or you don’t? Mmmm, I am not 100% sure that there is no such thing as inherent quality. Truly interesting wine should be complex. It should be both for the heart and the head. Ooh La La is made in the Lethbridge ‘house style’, vivacious and voluptuous but subtle. Made in large format French barrels, partially new and partially old so that we have a subtle influence of oak marrying beautifully with a line of citrus fruit. 

For what it’s worth, my opinion. RAY.
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Our notes

The '2022 Ooh La La Chardonnay' shows all the precision expected from Ray, with a lovely line of upbeat lemony acidity, beautiful varietal stonefruit, a little cashew and white spice, a touch of quality French oak, and most importantly good ‘flavour' which many drinkers yearn for, but don’t always find in some contemporary examples. 

This is a really lovely Chardonnay. Deadset bargain!  Delicious now but even better in a few months. CR 


Producers notes

Lethbridge Wines grew from a friendship between Ray Nadeson, Maree Collis and Adrian Thomas. Back in the mid 1990’s we were busy establishing careers in science and medicine and shared a love of great wine which ultimately became quite an obsession. The afternoons sipping Burgundies were replaced by weekends searching for the perfect vineyard site and then by afternoons digging holes and planting vines. For two of us (Maree and Ray) the passion for wine drove us to a tree change, and in 2003 after 7 years of balancing careers in science and running a vineyard and winery, we made Lethbridge Wines our reison d'etre.

Our aim is to produce natural, savory wines that focus on balance and texture with a real sense of place or terroir.

Maree Collis and Ray Nadeson are not your average winemakers of a boutique winery. Both were initially trained as research scientists and hold PhD degrees in chemistry and medicine, respectively. While combining their scientific careers with winemaking, Maree and Ray completed the winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University. Ray states, "winemaking is not really that different to science, both are creative and both involve 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration".

Not surprisingly, the site at Lethbridge was selected based on scientific principles such as soil type, degree days and other climatic indicators, yet when the three partners first explored the property they discovered an ancient old wooden fermentation vat in one of the old sheds. Discussion with the previous owner (Ivor Perdrisat) revealed that his family, Swiss in origin, had planted a vineyard on the exact site back in the 1870's before the discovery of phylloxera in the region. The old wine vat has been reincarnated as a beautiful timber tasting bench in the cellar door. This story is compelling in the connection between traditional wisdom and modern science.

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