2017 Altaness Chardonnay

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Huon Valley, Tasmania

The fruit is off a vineyard in Castle Forbes Bay, which has the moderating influence of the riverside. It is about 20 years old and has been beautifully tended, with separate small sections from different plantings. It has a small plot of Chardonnay that allows Duncan and Susana to make a single vineyard wine from it. This is the essence of cool climate Chardonnay and clearly meant to age well. There were only tiny quantities of Chardonnay grapes (just 700 bottles made) contributing intense aromas of white peach, lime and the abundance of natural acidity providing restrained power, delicate complexity and length. Drink alongside a prawn salad with a lime dressing or fresh Tasmanian oysters.


  • Style & Food Matching

    The fruit is off a vineyard in Castle Forbes Bay, which has the moderating influence of the riverside. It is about 20 years old and has been beautifully tended, with separate small sections from different plantings. It has a small plot of Chardonnay that allows Duncan and Susana to make a single vineyard wine from it. This is the essence of cool climate Chardonnay and clearly meant to age well. There were only tiny quantities of Chardonnay grapes (just 700 bottles made) contributing intense aromas of white peach, lime and the abundance of natural acidity providing restrained power, delicate complexity and length.

    Drink alongside a prawn salad with a lime dressing or fresh Tasmanian oysters.

    Tech Notes

    Varietal / Blend: Chardonnay

    Decant: Not necessary

    Closure: Screw cap

    Farming Practices: Sustainable

  • Huon Valley, Tasmania

    "Our quest for a cool site to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay started in 2013 with numerous visits to Tasmania to find the right block of land. We focused exclusively on the Huon Valley region, south of Hobart. We consider the area to have exceptional possibilities to produce elegant wines and pretty styles rather than the broad flavours that attract gleaming medals. This pursuit took us two years until we found the right 21 hectares of land in Lymington. A year later, we sold Cascabel and took all our winemaking and vineyard equipment in four shipping containers to start a new chapter of planting a vineyard all over again."


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