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Friday, 26 August 2016
Monday, 22 August 2016
Nocton Vineyard is one the (relatively) larger producers in the Coal River Valley, north-east of Hobart, is a producer on the move. New management, new labels and big plans, including a cellar door project in the works. Chinese-owned, it has had a focus on the Chinese market but is now broadening its horizons to home consumers. This is downright delicious with classic cool-climate chardonnay characters of peaches, pears and melons, allied to savoury and mineral notes. There's also plenty of length here, lots of refreshment and good value. $28. www.noctonwine.com.au.
Friday, 19 August 2016
42 Degrees South is the entry-level label for high-quality Coal River Valley producer Frogmore Creek and utilises not only estate fruit but also grapes sourced from the rest of the state. This is quite a bold pinot; rich and quite intense, but also with an easy drinkability. Winemaker Alain Rousseau has blended sustainably-grown estate fruit with grapes from the East Coast to produce an early/mid-term drinking pinot with red berry fruits to the fore. Nicely balanced. $29. www.frogmorecreek.com.au.
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Tasmania is far better known for chardonnay and pinot noir than it is for sauvignon blanc, but Freycinet Vineyard winemaker Claudio Radenti believes the East Coast of the island state is particularly well suited to savvy. This is a very lively, intense wine, partially barrel fermented in older oak, although tropical fruit flavours and vivacious acid are the driving forces. Probably best enjoyed in its youth, it is a vibrant thirst quencher that would provide a very good match to Tasmanian seafood. Very long, very lively, extremely refreshing. $28. www.freycinetvineyard.com.au.
Thursday, 4 August 2016
One of Australia's benchmark chardonnays and the Hardy's white wine flagship, this is a blend of fruit from Tasmania and the Yarra Valley. In both regions it was a vintage of low yields but high quality. This is very stylish and elegant with the cool-climate fruit the star turn. There are ripe stone fruit flavours interwoven with crisp citrus notes and toasty oak that adds to the party. The matriarch after whom the label is named would doubtless be very proud. Shop carefully and you'll probably be able to find it for well under the recommended retail price of $95. www.hardyswines.com.