Explore Tasmanian Chardonnay Six-pack
Inspired by the striking extremes that define Tasmania, our Buying Team have thoughtfully selected six white and six red wines that highlight the beautiful diversity of the region. This six-pack of white shines a light on Chardonnay. Top scores and highly regarded producers make their mark in a selection that captures the spectrum of Tasmanian Chardonnay.
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In this case you'll find six bottles of the following wines:
Dalrymple Vineyards Cave Block Chardonnay, Tasmania 2016
"Complex and fleshy on the palate with a hint of creamed honey on toast, tangy lemon with leesy nuances, and quite precise in outlook."
95 points, Jane Faulkner
Bay Of Fires Chardonnay, Tasmania 2017
”Such a wonderful hit of Chardonnay flavour, and so easy to drink. It flows along, charms and convinces with its smooth delivery and gentle glossy texture. It’s ripe, but not too ripe, stonefruit and citrus, wheatgerm and appropriate spicy cinnamon oak neatly tucked in.”
94 points, Gary Walsh
Chatto Wines Mania Chardonnay, Tamar Vallet 2016
"Chatto has managed to make a wine of exceptional intensity and length, its flavours midway between grapefruit and stone fruit, oak a bystander."
96 points, James Halliday
Meadowbank Wines Chardonnay, Southern Tasmania 2017
". Subtle Chablis-like thing, and bloody good it is. More please, and thank you."
95 points, Gary Walsh
Hughes & Hughes Chardonnay, Derwent Valley, Huon Valley 2017
"The aromas and flavours are in the grapefruit/citrus corner of the ring, minerally acidity in tandem."
95 points, James Halliday
Sailor Seeks Horse Chardonnay, Huon Valley 2017
Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (20% new), matured for 9 months in oak followed by 6 months in tank. Tasmanian chardonnays don't always develop well, but this one will do so with ease. Chatto has managed to make a wine of exceptional intensity and length, its flavours midway between grapefruit and stone fruit, oak a bystander.
96 points, James Halliday (October 2017)
A more reined-in style this vintage; finely-tuned, its ultra-fresh acidity holding tight in the driver's seat yet allowing some white stone fruit and citrus to come along for the ride. Complex and fleshy on the palate with a hint of creamed honey on toast, tangy lemon with leesy nuances, and quite precise in outlook.
95 points, Jane Faulkner (January 2018)
Such a wonderful hit of Chardonnay flavour, and so easy to drink. It flows along, charms and convinces with its smooth delivery and gentle glossy texture. It’s ripe, but not too ripe, stonefruit and citrus, wheatgerm and appropriate spicy cinnamon oak neatly tucked in. Finish has a preserved lemon and ripe grapefruit tang, and attractive energy and flint in the long finish. It’s perhaps not a wine where ‘X-Factor’ is high, but the pleasure is most certainly laid on thick. Lolling on satin sheets, and all that. Recommended.
94 points, Gary Walsh (December 2018)
Fine, perfumed, the right amount of green apple and citrus zip, tingle of pitch-perfect acidity, citrus rind and a softening dab of oatmeal and sour yoghourt, maybe some green olive too, and a finish that’s tight, crisp, long and compelling. Subtle Chablis-like thing, and bloody good it is. More please, and thank you.
95 points, Gary Walsh (February 2019)
From the Derwent and Huon Valleys, it is 100% barrel fermented in new and used oak, matured for 4 months on lees. The aromas and flavours are in the grapefruit/citrus corner of the ring, minerally acidity in tandem.
95 points, James Halliday (November 2017)
Light to medium-yellow colour, with a lightly-toasted cashew nut bouquet, a hint of almond; the palate fruity and restrained, delicate and with a slight impression of sweetness, the aftertaste balanced and pleasing. It has good intensity and a touch of richness on the mid-palate. Lovely.
93 points, Huon Hooke (December 2018)
Well. Does it get boring if I simply say that They’ve Done It Again? This is a sophisticated chardonnay, ripped with flint, woodsmoke, meal and toast, its core of grapefruit, slate, white peach and crushed fennel providing both the drive and the substance. It’s all wound up, like one of those rubber-band toy cars of old, but it still manages to push appreciably through the finish and, I dare say, more is to come as it matures.
93 points, Campbell Mattinson (September 2017)
Three clones, hand-picked, whole bunches, wild-fermented in French barriques (14% new), matured for 9 months. While Tasmania has at times faltered with chardonnay, both small and large producers are coming to understand it better, this a good example. It is intense and precise, acidity simply part of a much larger whole, the fruit spectrum balanced to also include apple and pear.
95 points, James Halliday (February 2018)
It went through full MLF but it’s racy with acidity, crunchy indeed, the fruit flavours themselves having taken on a creamy softness but the structure left intact. This is another glittering release under the Hughes & Hughes banner. Smoked bran, rosewater, lemon, fresh cedarwood and stronefruit; it’s exotic and subtle at once. This will improve with some bottle age.
93+ points, Campbell Mattinson (November 2017)
Toasted almond and smoky aromas, with background peach. The acidity is quite fierce, piercing and almost too much, while the flavour is refined and tightly-focused, tense and long. This needs food and would be great with fish. The acidity is impressive, and the wine will richly reward some cellar-time.
94 points, Huon Hooke (October 2018)