Dawson James Chardonnay is sourced from a single patch of I10V5 clone Chardonnay vines that were planted in 2000 on the Far Horse block at Meadowbank. This cool climate site produces flavour ripeness with modest levels of grape sugar.
When ripe, the berries display a green-gold lustre, tangy citrus flavours and ripping minerally acidity. This is the foundation for our powerful long-lived and finely structured Chardonnay wines.
“We have entered a golden era of Australian Chardonnay”
Lester Jesberg, Winewise.
A gentle winemaking approach aims to capture and express inherent fruit quality. Grapes are hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to minimize grape solids in the juice. The juice is fermented in Burgundian coopered French oak barriques, 40% new and is allowed to go through a partial malolactic fermentation until the acidity becomes naturally balanced. Maturation in barrels on yeast lees with regular lees stirring retains freshness as the wine develops structure and complexity.
“Pale straw-green: the bouquet has started to open up, touch funk plus cashew. The palate belies the high acidity, or perhaps indicates what it was before 50% malolactic fermentation. Its balance is faultless, oak invisibly mended into the fabric of the white stone fruits and citrus.“ 97 points.
2018 Chardonnay – James Halliday, Weekend Australian Magazine, November 2021
“A smoky, lemony style. Freshly buttered popcorn, soft uplift of citrus curd flavours lead to a tight salty palate, layered with some gun flint, that’s highly linear, taut and intense. A genuinely classy palate that’s long and refined. Top stuff.
2018 Chardonnay – Decanter World Wine Awards 2022, 96 points, Gold Award; Decanter World Wine Awards 2021, 96 points, Gold & Trophy
COOL CLIMATE WINES
Our grapes are grown on the Meadowbank vineyard, approximately 60 kms northwest of Hobart. Its rugged topography is bounded by the fast flowing, pristine waters of the Derwent River. These grapes are used to create our unique Chardonnay and Pinot Noir single vineyard wines.