I think 'The Rocket' has well and truly taken off! 97pts Wine Companion, 95pts WineFront, 97pts James Suckling
The third release of this modern classic, and another beauty. The 2019 is sourced from two dry-grown sites in the Piccadilly Valley with mature vines, plus a third parcel in Lobethal with 20-year-old Bernard clones on an east-facing slope.
"The 2019 Rocket is a powerful, intense expression of complex Adelaide Hills chardonnay that offers fresh-lemon, grapefruit, white-peach, grilled-hazelnut and flinty, pithy aromatic attack. The palate has mouthwatering, rich white and yellow peaches that build and launch in a torrent of concentrated, fresh flavor that is powered by very long, focused acidity. Thrilling chardonnay. Drink or hold. Screw cap." 97 points - Jamessuckling.com
"This has been a stellar wine in its two previous releases, and continues in fine form. So minerally you could put it on the periodic table somewhere. Just missing the extra dimensions of the 2018 release. Tight and racy, lightly floral, faintly flinty, dashed with citrus and green apple, tense texture, lightly powdery finish and a whoosh of liquid minerality that feels somewhere between ultra fine mineral water and pulverised rocks. So much architecture in its sleek space. Makes the mouth-water instantly. Greyhound-like. A seriously fine and fancy chardonnay here. It's refreshing, delicious and something to admire greatly." 95pts - Mike Bennie - WineFront
""A cull of the best barrels, the fruit hailing from two propitious sites in the Piccadilly Valley and lower, at Lobethal. Fermented wild in tight-grained French barriques and puncheons for 10 months (50% new). Malolactic (75%) serviced a softening while imbuing poise. Judging by this, all chardonnay makers should use this ilk of wood from whatever coopers it came from. This is sexy wine. Impeccable. Subdued, yet searing of the sort of intensity of flavour that augurs for the brightest of futures. Writing of fruit references here is pointless. This wine is about texture, indelibly imprinted with a sense of place and the finest craftsmanship. Deservedly at the top of the tier." 97pts - Ned Goodwin - Wine Companion