2017
Red Heads Studio
'Yard Dog'
White
South Australia

2017
Red Heads Studio
'Yard Dog'
White
South Australia

Yard Dog. The old faithful friend and beloved household pet the whole family adores, occasionally superceded as the last one bites the dust (or the last drop is drunk). It is the quintessential companion, whatever the weather, the mood or the occasion.

The same could be said for Chardonnay in Australia – cuddly, friendly, ready to roll over – and almost every winery owns some. Throw in a neglected variety like Verdelho and spice it up with some Semillon and hooah, one lovely glass of booze. It is said that a dog will reflect the character of its owner and a wine will reflect the character of its maker. Red Heads winemaker is friendly, fun to be with, but we’re sure he doesn’t bite. But, as for his Yard Dog – beware!

Pale green straw, with subtle stonefruit and citrus notes on the nose. The leads to a generous palate flavored with white peaches and apricots yet a driving acid keeps the mouthfeel fresh and vibrant. It finishes tangy and dry, with good cut and subtle spiciness.

  • Region: South Australia
  • Varietal: 68% Verdelho ~ 17% Chardonnay ~ 15% Semillon
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Verdelho (Langhorne Creek) - Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills) - Semillon (Padthaway)
  • Vine Age: Varied
  • Yield: Average: 4.5 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Varied
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Oak: None - Stainless Steel
Winery & Regional Information
MCLAREN VALE

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »

RED HEADS STUDIO

MCLAREN VALE

You'll recollect the beginnings: young Flying Winemakers doing the European Vintage, whinging that, back home in Oz, they had no freedom to make the wines they wanted to. Wineries there just kept getting bigger and fewer and being junior winemaker on a big team making a mega-brand was just plain...f-ing boring. Learn More »

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