Tasmania has defined itself in record time for being the source for a slew of Australia’s premium chardonnays. Old fossil dotted soils, plentiful sunshine and a tapestry of older vines and prime untapped sites, along with energetic and resourceful winemakers have culminated in a brilliant alignment of stars.
The Apple Isle is awash with small wineries backed by diverse minds; Pooley, Meadowbank, Stefano Lubiana, Glaetzer Dixon, Home Hill, Stargazer and Chatto, just to name a few. In the past it has been crowned for its sparkling wines, and deservedly so. More recently, still wines are going from strength to strength, most notably pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling.
Production is tiny, accounting for less than 1% of Australia’s output, meaning it’s difficult to get your hands on these goods. When wines are offered, we jump on them, and so should you. Which leads us to this offer of three current releases from a few of our favourites; Dr Edge, Sailor Seeks Horse and Tolpuddle.
We’ve included a 10% discount on the retail prices until 14 February 2019 (or until stocks sell out). Don’t hesitate if you’d like to secure some of these wines. Please click here to reply via email.
2018 Dr. Edge Chardonnay
Pete Dredge (hence Dr. Edge) is a lovable winemaker with an astute palate and a keen business sense to boot. Cutting his teeth at Petaluma under the watchful gaze of Brian Croser, he was lured to Tasmania and now resides in Hobart, working with his own label (Dr. Edge) as well as stepping into winemaking duties at Meadowbank.
Forever learning and questioning, he offers his wines as their sub-regional source (east, north and south Tasmania) or as a sum of all its parts. This is the first release of the series with fruit coming from the south, a whopping three barrels.
‘Lithely and tightly wound with youth on its side, this steers more towards the smokey saline and herbaceous edge. Lovely chewy phenolics give the wine dimension, thanks to the inclusion of a small amount of whole bunches.’ GP, 2019
2017 Tolpuddle Chardonnay
Planted in 1988, and purchased by Shaw & Smith in 2011, Tolpuddle is based in the Coal River Valley. A distinguished site, started by sparkling specialist Dr Tony Jordan (formerly of Domaine Chandon). Owner Michael Hill-Smith MW sums up his first impressions of the vineyard ‘…it was love at first sight. 20 hectares of mature Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines planted on a long even slope, with lean soils, forests above and water below and great vineyard exposure. Fantastic.’
While this wine is near sold out Australia wide, we’ve managed to secure a small amount of both 750ml and magnums (1500ml). Please click here to email us if you’d like to purchase.
‘From the excellent late and cool 2017 vintage, this powerful wine exudes class and elegance. A ripe core of fruit backed by spicy oak and subtle struck match resonates on the palate, opening out to reveal layers of detail. It’s fine and long tail carries flavour to the end. Scintillating stuff!’ GP, 2019
2017 Sailor Seeks Horse Chardonnay
Escaping the corporate world of London, Gilli and Paul Lipscombe ended up in Tasmania, after working and studying in the south of France and Margaret River. Clearly they prefer stunning surrounds! Based in the Huon Valley, on the knife edge edge of cool climate, they were the dynamic winemaking team behind the winner of the 2015 Jimmy Watson trophy, Home Hill’s Kelly Reserve Pinot.
They admirably resurrected a vineyard that was half dead and overgrown by blackberries, as they charmingly put it, ‘it wouldn’t be satisfying if it wasn’t challenging. That was one of the reasons we decided to change our lives. If you love what you do and have a plan, then it doesn’t matter what the challenges are, they are surmountable and all-the-more rewarding. ’
‘A seemless wine with a fine and driving line of acidity that feathers out, revealing an array of flavours. Lovely oak detail supports the wines fragility, but don’t be fooled this is not a fragile wine. More so, finely composed with hidden pockets of flavour and texture that surprise and delight.’ GP, 2019
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