Craighall is the premium Chardonnay from the prized blocks of Mendoza cloned vines, most of which are now 30 years old. A bright stone fruit and citrus blossom bouquet and sleek, with driven mineralityforming the key cohesive and finely crafted 2012 vintage.
The has elegance, balance, minerality, tension and drive. On the nose, ripe stone-fruit meets white-flower perfume, these primary characters leading effortlessly into more savoury, melded, brioche-like fermentation characters on the palate.
The Beechworth ‘terroir’ has a distinctive fruit character of pear/peach fruit.
The oak has minimal impact by using older French oak and mainly puncheons.
The warm year has meant less citrus lift but has bran meal notes from the wild ferment and extended lees contact.
The palate is quite rich with zesty acid line through to the finish.
White melon, lemon rind, orange blossom, fresh brioche and a touch of savoury spice. Bright and concentrated flavours including lime, star fruit and gun smoke balanced by a tight minerally structure providing incredible length and intensity.
The 2015 Dalrymple Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from three very distinctive sites across Tasmania. The Coal River Valley, near Hobart, and the Relbia area of the Tamar Valley provided the majority of the fruit along with a smaller parcel from our own Dalrymple vineyard at Pipers River.
A cool to mild spring and early summer with above average rainfall.
Conditions changed just prior to harvest in March, where a mild to warm air system settled over Tasmania and for three weeks we experienced only blue skies and mild temperatures, perfect for finishing the final stages of ripening while also maintaining the fine acidity that had developed through the cooler months.
To maximise complexity we harvested and fermented each parcel of fruit separately with a range of yeast strains and lees contact.
A small portion was fermented in old French oak barriques to add texture.
Varietal aromas of passionfruit and pineapple with some fresh cut boxhedge, green tomato and crushed stalks providing a sense of austerity.
The parcel from the barrel ferment provides a nutty complexity.
The palate is fresh with bright fruit characters. The texture of peach flesh and mealiness helps provide depth and interest.
Food Match: Delicious with Asian inspired dishes; think ginger, spice and Asian greens.
The 29th vintage of Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay and what a wine! The colour has light straw hues and a shiny clear surface. On the nose there is an amazing ripe pear character intertwined with spice and vanilla coming from the Vosges Burgundy oak. The palate is telling a beautiful story of the warmer season giving texture and mouth-feel to a fuller and richer style compared to what we have produced in the past. Ripe pear and peach fruit dominate with an intriguing barley sugar finish. A beautifully well-balanced wine.
Their Block wines are made from small, carefully selected parcels of the best old vine fruit from the Forest Hill Property including the original 1965 vines. Cane pruned and hand harvested, these special blocks are very low yielding due to age and relying only on natural rainfall. If the vintage proves to be challenging for a variety, they will not make a Block wine that season. The Block wines are powerful yet refined and elegant, and will reward cellaring.
Bright straw in colour with green hues. Lifted aromas of jasmine and lime blossom. The palate is zesty with fresh lime and slate. It has a steely structure that is well balanced by its natural acidity leading to a long and mineral finish.
The 2001 has all the hallmarks of another fine Giaconda Chardonnay. Year in year out the consistency of this wine continues to amaze me. Once again the craftsmanship of Rick Kinzbrunner is clearly evident. It looks and smells like a wine of depth and complexity: straw gold with flashes of green; on the bouquet grilled nuts, the customary 'dirt', stone fruit, wheat and spicy notes from the oak herald a wine of breeding.
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