Bacchant (bac·chant) 1. A follower of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. 2. A drunken reveller.
Hand pruned and hand picked, this reserve Chardonnay was whole bunch pressed into new and two-year old French barriques, and left to wild yeast ferment.
The wine elegantly delivers a sophisticated nose with a complex palate of white peach, citrus and biscuit cream tones. Drink now or until 2029.
A complex bouquet, part ex fruit, part wild fermentation. Grapefruit is to the fore on the long palate, which is highly focused and disciplined.
96 pts. Halliday Wine Companion 2020
A reserve style wine sourced from Mt Torrens estate fruit that's been picked early and handled gently, taking in the much loved modern techniques of whole bunches pressed into new and old French barrels where wild fermentation begins a journey to a complex mix of floral and fruit aromas, crunchy melon flavours dominating the palate, bright yet balanced acidity all backed by a tense chassis. Keen, nervy yet with generous flavour - well done. 94 pts.
Tony Love, The Advertiser Top 100, July 2017
95 points. James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2015
Lobethal Road has been the deserved recipient in recent years of several medals and trophies under its traditional and premium Bacchant labels. This Adelaide Hills chardonnay is medium-bodied, defined by its core of powerful, crunchy fruit with mineral highlights and well-judged oak application. 95 pts. Alan Hunter, Brisbane Courier Mail August 2014
Trophy Best Wine in Show. Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2013
Trophy Best Chardonnay in Show. Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2013
Gold Medal. Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2013
...a pure-fruited expression of chardonnay ... the palate is unctuous and soft. 93 pts. James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013