An elegant style balancing natural acidity with complexity and ripe stone fruit flavour. This vintage is a combination our two vineyards in Tasmania representing the best possible blend for chardonnay in 2018.
Recommended food pairings: For the summer months the 2018 Patricia Chardonnay would be perfect with Garlic marinated king prawns gently fried and with a lemon mayonnaise dipping sauce. During winter try it with wild mushroom risotto. It is also the perfect accompaniment to a ripe brie cheese and slices of pear.
Growing Conditions: The fruit was harvested during the middle part of March in 2018 at baumé levels ranging from 12 to 13. The fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to minimise phenolic extraction.
Winemaker: Tom Wallace
Winemaking notes: All components completed fermentation in barrel on full solids and with natural yeast to add complexity. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation to add a further layer of interest and also to reduce the high levels of natural acidity of the 2018 vintage. The wine spent 11 months in a combination of new (26%), and seasoned French oak barriques with the lees continually stirred to ensure complexity and refinement. The wine was bottled with an alcohol of 13.0%, a pH of 3.07 and an acid level of 7.08g/L.
“Excellent Mod-Oz chardonnay. Complex aromas, grapefruit, white flowers, nectarine, subtle burnt match and flint. Plus a palate that is pure, polished and seamless. Textured like glass, the lemon citrus acidity providing great length.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2020 12/08/2019
“A very complex and complete aroma. The palate is beautiful, with great energy and juiciness. Delicate lemon and white peach flavours. A well-made wine of subtlety and complexity.”
Toni Paterson 15/04/2019
“Melon, grapefruit, flinty with a mineral style. Tasty oak and fleshy fruit with refreshing, lingering acidity. A generous, well-structured Chardonnay.”
International Wine Challenge 2019 08/05/2019
“The colour is surprisingly light, the bouquet is fresh and young, undeveloped and subtly complex, with shaved-almond and subtle honey-nougat nuances. The palate is refined and intense, bright and reserved but showing good tension and length and promise for further development. It’s still very tight and restrained and I suspect it will richly reward a year or two’s cellaring. (Tasmania & Yarra Valley grapes)”
Huon Hooke 30/03/2019
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