An elegant cool-climate style, Dawson & James is a top expression of single vineyard, Tasmanian Chardonnay. The grapes are sourced from the Meadowbank vineyard, a unique and protected site on the upper Derwent River. Rich, yet texturally complex, with bright acidity and impeccable balance, it ranks among the finest examples of contemporary Australian Chardonnay.
'Superlative chiselled chardonnay, unwinding on the palate in mineral-clad notches of autumnal and stone fruits, toasted nuts and oatmeal, every detail embedded and driven long by sensitively handled reductive tension and juicy, cool climate acidity - the type that can't be bought in bags. Despite the lowish alcohol (12.9%) on the label, the ripeness is prime-time, and nothing about this is anorexic.' 97 points, James Halliday
Light yellow hue. The bouquet is complex and toasty from oak, but fruit and artifact nuances are well harmonised. It's flavoursome but also high in acidity, which tends to lean the palate out a little. Superb flavour and balance, length and discretion. Very stylish. A wine for the future.
96 points, Huon Hooke (January 2018)
Bright, light yellow hue and a clean, fresh, vibrant aroma - toasted nuts - the palate delicate and refined, tight and restrained with lively acidity. Deep and lively and full of flavour. A fine, tight wine with full-on chardonnay character.
96 points, Huon Hooke (January 2017)