The 2007 Penfolds Thomas Hyland Chardonnay is very complex, delivering great value for the money. Youthful yellow color. The nose shows notes of white stone fruits and subtle citrus blossom, complimented by integrated, nutty oak. The wine has a creamy, nougat mid-palate with refreshing, vibrant fruit flavors; grapefruit, fig, and melon. The subtle oak gives the palate structure and complexity. Ideal with chicken, seafood, or salad.
In 1844 Dr. Penfold and his wife Mary purchased the 500-acre Magill (originally Mackgill) estate on the outskirts of Adelaide. Initially their wines, made from grenache, were prescribed as tonic wines for anemic patients. Harking back to this origin of prescribed tonics, roadside billboards in Australia used to read "Penfolds 1844 to Evermore." Following Dr Penfold's death in 1870, the vineyards and winery were left in the very capable hands of his wife Mary. The estate remained in the Penfold family until 1976 and is currently owned by Treasury Wine Estates. This range of wines pay homage to the marriage of Thomas Hyland and Georgina Penfold and the life they had in Adelaide, the home of Penfolds.