Tahbilk Victorian Chardonnay 2020
COOL CLIMATE VICTORIAN CHARDONNAY PRODUCED BY WINERY NAMED JAMES HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION WINERY OF THE YEAR
- ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 0 out of 5 stars.
- NEW VINTAGE PREVIOUS VINTAGE 90 POINTS HALLIDAY
- PREVIOUS WINNER OF WINERY OF THE YEAR JAMES HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
- 5 RED STAR RATED WINERY ESTABLISHED IN 1860
- ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S MOST ICONIC & OLDEST WINERIES
"Planted on the Estate in 1979, in only my second year as head winemaker at Tahbilk, we have consistently looked to oak maturation on yeast lees when crafting our Chardonnay releases and, 40 years on, this 2020 vintage is no exception. Lifted nutty and cinnamon spice notes provide an appealing backdrop to typically Estate melon, citrus and stone-fruit characters with bright acidity gracing a wine of style and refreshment.Further complexity will be realised with mindful cellaring out to 2025/2027."
2020 was the hottest summer on record, exacerbated by a dry winter and early spring. November and December were then tropical in comparison – higher temperatures and 50% more rainfall than the long-term average. This weather pattern saw terrific canopy growth, with the frequent rains turning the vineyards a vivid green. The predictions of a warm and drier than normal summer, eventuated after Christmas The January average of 35 was 5 degrees hotter than ‘normal’ with February temperatures just a fraction above average. The heat was relentless, and there was no useful rainfall for the month so it remained very dry. Despite this the fruit didn’t ripen as rapidly as anticipated, and we started vintage relatively late on February 19th. Ripening continued to be steady even though the hot days and warm nights continued, which allowed us to bring in fruit at optimum ripeness and without a rush. And the end result? Yields for Whites were down on expectations, but quality was good. The Reds fared better yield wise, and have bright fresh fruit, depth of flavour, and rich, full palates.
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar up to 2028|
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