Whole bunches from our best Chardonnay Vineyard in the heart of the Adelaide Hills were hand picked in late March, in the twilight, our Chardonnay's acid sunrise, being the cool of early evening, then destemmed in small batches without crushing the fruit to fill our press exactly. The free run juice was then fermented in small stainless steel tank between 11 and 14 degrees Celsius and then finished fermentation in some new and first use French Oak Barriques. The wine has a high level of natural acidity, and although bone dry and alcohol of only 12.5%. This 12th Vintage of Twilight of the Adelaide Hills Chardonnay was bottled after 9 months with minimal winemaking artifact to capture the essence of the vineyard.

Grape Variety



Adelaide Hills



Wine Style

White - crisp, thirst quenching, light-bodied


Dry and yet soft, with an acidic backbone nailing it firmly to the chardonnay phylum chordata. The stone fruits return, along with a hint of exotica, such as guava. There is good grip and texture, yet also some steeliness and minerality. A rainwater quality coupled with chardonnay’s fruit intensity - these two qualities bounce off one another rather than meld.



Food Pairing

Mushroom, Leek & Miso Tart

”Partial fermentation in stainless steel and finished in new and seasoned French barriques, matured 9 months in oak. A brisk, citrus-filled young chardonnay with quince, pears, grapefruit and gently flinty edges. Poised and crisp to taste, the use of tight-grained oak comes into play on the palate, filling the mouth with texture and savoury almond nuttiness. Impressive. Can take some extra ageing.”
– Jeni Port

Expert Review

Halliday Wine Companion - 90

Dandelion Vineyards

Dandelion Chardonnay Twilight of the Adelaide Hills 2021


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