All wines over $25 per bottle will be vintage specific. In the case the listed vintage is out of stock, we will inform you via email for approval to go ahead.
The Wine Front – ‘Savouriness’ is the x-factor, perhaps. Some judicious lees, barrel or ‘work’ in winery to extract a little more than fruitiness. Here’s a good example. It’s hard to put a finger on it but there’s just something ‘really good’ about this wine. Pitch perfect tropical fruit, citrus, florals and faint nuttiness in perfume. The palate has enough volume to offer power and depth, some saline mineral charm, fresh fruitiness and great length, but in amongst all that it feels fresh and so very easy to drink.
The Wine Front – Plum and dark cherry, rose oil, sap, spice and a sort of boot polish reduction. Medium bodied, slight hardness but also powerful and flavoursome, bursting through the mouth with perfume, red and black cherry, some sap and dried herb, and a pretty long finish with firm acidity and a lick of tannin. Bold but good.
James Halliday – Powerful, complex and long in the mouth, red and black cherries and wild raspberries; exemplary tannin and oak management.
World Wine – 92 Points Vines up to 40yo; hand picked; fermented and matured for 9 months in French oak barrels; 50% mlf and selective bâtonnage. A chardonnay that contrasts flesh and body with the malic tension that characterises Piper's River. Impressive concentration of white peach and fig are underlined by well-integrated spicy, nutty French oak. Malic acidity retained in half the blend changes the pace on the finish, tracing out a long, honed tail that promises medium-term potential. Impressive value in Tasmanian chardonnay. Halliday Wine Companion, 1 February, 2021
James Halliday – Estate biodynamic vineyard in the Derwent Valley; 250 dozen. The refinement that Steve Lubiana has brought to his chardonnay over recent vintages is something to behold. He's achieved the holy grail of elegance without sacrificing definition, concentration, persistence or endurance. Pristine white fruits are ever-so-gently propelled by high-class French oak. Crystalline acidity illuminates a finish of pinpoint accuracy, undeterred line and magnificent persistence. Tyson Stelzer Published 13 August 2021