2013 Chardonnay
Dawson James 2013 Chardonnay


This is our third release of Chardonnay having lost the 2012 vintage to the effects of bush fires. The 2013 vintage remains a single vineyard wine from
the Meadowbank vineyard in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania

The 2013 growing season was characterised by above average temperatures and below average rainfall throughout summer and the first half of Autumn. Notwithstanding the warmer season grapes were hand- picked in the third week of April, in line with both 2010 and 2011 vintages.

Chardonnay bunches were clean with fully developed fruit flavour at a relatively low level of sugar ripeness. As always the picking decision was based on freshness. Acidity was bright, providing a backbone which is the hallmark of the site.

After hand picking the grapes were pressed as whole bunches and juice was briefly settled before fermentation in Burgundian- coopered French oak barrels.
A partial malolactic fermentation was allowed to proceed until the desired balance of aroma, flavour and natural acidity was achieved. Barrel maturation occurred over 10 months spent in barrels, 40% new, prior to bottling.

The wine presents ripe peach and citrus pith with flinty mineral notes. The palate has great depth of fruit flavour which is supported by an amazing line of natural acidity. The combination of fruit flavour and acid length is the outstanding the outstanding feature of this wine. It has a deceptively low pH and seems destined for long life.

2016 Australian Wine Vintages; TOP 100 – 5 Star Rating

James Halliday 2016 Wine Companion;
96 Points

Huon Hooke; 96 Points, 5 Star Rating
Ranked #1 out of 44 Tasmanian 2013 Chardonnays


2015 Tasmanian Wine Show Results;
TROPHY - Chairman’s Trophy (Huon Hooke), Gold Class 13

2016 Australian Wine Vintages;
TOP 100 - 5 Star Rating

Australian Wine Vintages; 5 Gold Stars Award

James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge; Gold Award


96  Points - James Halliday, 2016 Wine Companion

Still pale, bright straw-green; sourced from the Meadowbank Vineyard and impeccably made; the Tasmanian 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 it was fermented and matured. This is still a baby with years to grow, although it will not necessarily become more beautiful.

96  Points – HuonHooke.com

Light yellow hue. New oak is quite evident on the nose. Butter, citrus and mineral notes too. The palate is refined and taut, focussed and intense, with great delicacy and subtlety. Long and pure.  A  beautiful  chardonnay. The full Symphony is playing here.

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