The Island Belle Chardonnay gives a stonefruit spectrum spray on the nose with wisps of French oak nutty creaminess. A pin-point mineral palate follows for quite some time. For a Derwent Valley Chardonnay of this quality and pedigree, you’ll do well to find anything close at this price.
The fruit for the Island Belle is declassified Dawson & James Derwent Valley Chardonnay. The fruit is sourced from the Meadowbank vineyard a unique site on the upper Derwent River, widely regarded as one of the finest vineyards in Tasmania.
Bright stone fruit aromas leap from the glass: nectarine, white peach and apricot. Mid-weighted, with guiding pillars of classy French oak and a creamy core of cashew and nougatine attesting to barrel fermentation. The finish long, effortless and flecked with pungent, cool climate mineral riffs.
Ned Goodwin MW (March 2020)
Island Belle is the second label from Dawson & James
Dawson & James is the realisation of a shared dream between long-time friends Peter Dawson & Tim James. Both are former Hardy’s winemakers who now run successful wine consultancies. The pair has long held the desire to grow and make wine in Tasmania, a dream realised with their first vintage in 2010. Two wines are made under the label; a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir sourced from the Meadowbank vineyard on the upper Derwent River. The site was chosen by the pair for it’s potential to make world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. From their first vintage, both wines have met with great critical acclaim.