Langton's Dawson & James Chardonnay 2013 - 2015 Vertical 3-pack
In less than a decade wine industry veterans Peter Dawson and Tim James have taken their small, personal Tasmanian winemaking venture to very great heights.
D&J Chardonnays come from a mature vineyard at Meadowbank, 60km north-west of Hobart, planted in 1989 on a slope 70 metres above the Derwent River. Their quality is universally acknowledged. Their age-worthiness is now on full and continuing display
Still pale, bright straw-green; sourced from the Meadowbank Vineyard in the Derwent Valley, and impeccably made; the Tasmania acidity of 7.1g/l has been secreted in the fruit flavours by some sleight of hand, not by the high quality French oak in which the wine was fermented and matured. This is still a baby, with years to grow... Gold Tasmanian Wine Show 2015. Drink to 2025.
96 points, Wine Companion, December 2014
Light yellow hue. New oak is quite evident on the nose. Butter, citrus and mineral notes, too. The palate is refined and taut, focused and intense, with great delicacy and subtlety. Long and pure. A beautiful Chardonnay. The full symphony is playing here. (Chairman's Trophy, Tasmanian Wine Show 2015.) Drink to 2023.
96 points, Real Review, January 2015
The flutter of silken fruit. This takes deliciousness to ridiculous levels. It drips with pear and preserved lemon, spice and cedary/milky oak. The flavours flow so well there's never any doubt they'll persist through the finish. Drink to 2023.
96 points, Wine Companion, February 2016
Beautiful Chardonnay. Mellifluous. It flows, it flounces, it satisfies and seduces. Pear, citrus, cedarwood and honeycomb. It’s complex and persistent but best of all, it tastes bloody good. Drink to 2023.
95 points, Wine Front, February 2016
Trophy at the Tasmanian Wine Show 2017, thanks to its super-intense bouquet and super-long palate. Sometimes Chardonnays can wear their acidity on their sleeve, but here it couples with a complex display of stone and citrus fruit with a garland of quality oak, finishing with bright (not excessive) acidity. Drink to 2027.
97 points, Wine Companion, September 2017
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. Drink to 2027.
96 points, Huon Hooke, Real Review, January 2018