Ghost Rock Bonadale Chardonnay 2018

Tasmania
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£29.50 per bottle
169 in stock

97+ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The ’18 Bonadale Chardonnay is displaying both vibrant and youthful characteristics ranging from buttered citrus, lemon oil, spring flowers, spiced orchard fruit – a faint waft of pastry cream is building… The vineyard is elevated and sun-exposed providing wonderful depth and roundness mid-palate, which works a treat with the chewy extract. Minerals (chalk in particular) provides structure and some textural grip. Tensile, finely tuned (fine boned is stature) and despite the exposure to the sun, provides a ‘cool’ feel which may be indicative of the vintage. The fruit is ample, ripe and the balance is nigh on perfect. It is easy to imagine how this wine will evolve over the next ten years – the shoulders will broaden, the minerality and acidity will scale back, allowing buttery, orchard fruits to flourish. Really exquisite without the bottle age. Decant for 30 minutes, do not overchill and serve using Zalto Bordeaux glassware”

Winemaker "Fruit for this wine was selected from 10 year old vines within our Bonadale Vineyard – an elevated, sun-exposed site. The I10V1 clone (85%) and 76 clone (15%) were selected for this wine. Vines were winter pruned to 20 -25 buds for optimal fruit to vine ratios, and underwent vigorous leaf plucking toward season’s end, to ensure optimal light exposure and ripening. This wine was handpicked and whole- bunch pressed under inert conditions. Following overnight settling, juice was gravity racked and fermented in French oak – a combination of puncheon, botte and barrique. Fermentation was partially wild, following which, the wine underwent partial MLF and regular, rigorous lees stirring. After 9 months maturation in oak (40% new) the wine was bottled. No fining. No filtration."

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97+ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The ’18 Bonadale Chardonnay is displaying both vibrant and youthful characteristics ranging from buttered citrus, lemon oil, spring flowers, spiced orchard fruit – a faint waft of pastry cream is building… The vineyard is elevated and sun-exposed providing wonderful depth and roundness mid-palate, which works a treat with the chewy extract. Minerals (chalk in particular) provides structure and some textural grip. Tensile, finely tuned (fine boned is stature) and despite the exposure to the sun, provides a ‘cool’ feel which may be indicative of the vintage. The fruit is ample, ripe and the balance is nigh on perfect. It is easy to imagine how this wine will evolve over the next ten years – the shoulders will broaden, the minerality and acidity will scale back, allowing buttery, orchard fruits to flourish. Really exquisite without the bottle age. Decant for 30 minutes, do not overchill and serve using Zalto Bordeaux glassware”

Winemaker "Fruit for this wine was selected from 10 year old vines within our Bonadale Vineyard – an elevated, sun-exposed site. The I10V1 clone (85%) and 76 clone (15%) were selected for this wine. Vines were winter pruned to 20 -25 buds for optimal fruit to vine ratios, and underwent vigorous leaf plucking toward season’s end, to ensure optimal light exposure and ripening. This wine was handpicked and whole- bunch pressed under inert conditions. Following overnight settling, juice was gravity racked and fermented in French oak – a combination of puncheon, botte and barrique. Fermentation was partially wild, following which, the wine underwent partial MLF and regular, rigorous lees stirring. After 9 months maturation in oak (40% new) the wine was bottled. No fining. No filtration."

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Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

Due to further lockdowns in Austria we are experiencing extended delays with our Zalto orders.  

We are currently expecting our next delivery to arrive July/August 2021.

The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.

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Ghost Rock Winery

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Tasmanian Wine UK

 

"Without question, Tasmanian wines have been one of the greatest discoveries for us over the past few years. Some of the greatest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir we’ve ever tasted come from this tiny island."

 

Positioned just over 400 km from mainland Australia’s south east coast, Tasmania has rapidly gained a reputation for being a premium, cool climate wine region, not just for sparkling wines but also for top quality still wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. With vineyard sites positioned on the north and south east side of the island taking full advantage of the cool, maritime influences and coastal breezes that help to preserve the crisp acidity and freshness that is so important in producing wines of this Calibre. Wine makers in Tasmania utilise the whole region often blending parcels from vineyards across the different sub-regions that each lend its own specific identity to the wines.

Tamar Valley on the north coast is one of the warmer sub-regions with a higher level of rainfall producing fruit with a riper character. Here we discovered Grey Sands, who offer a stunning collection of wines and produce one of our favourite Pinot Gris’ to come out of the New World. The Grey Sands site delivers plenty of tannin, colour and structure. Just to the east of this is Pipers River, one of Tasmania’s coolest regions with a terroir dominated by red, ferrosol soils.

Just to the east of this is Pipers River, one of Tasmania’s coolest regions with a terroir dominated by red, ferrosol soils. As we travel south we come to the East Coast region followed by Coal River Valley, Derwent Valley and Huon Valley. Based in the Huon Valley is Glaetzer-Dixon, responsible for producing some incredible wines and one of our favourite Pinot Noirs. Dr Edge is a producer that focuses on the unique expression of each terroir creating three individual, single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays each from a different sub-region.

Based in the Huon Valley is Sailor Seeks Horse who brought a derelict, 6.5 hectare vineyard back to life from which they now produce exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Hughes & Hughes can be found in a tiny hamlet called Flowerpot, who as well as Pinot and Chardonnay, produce Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc from grapes sourced from growers across the island. We’ve also added Ghost Rock to our increasing portfolio. They are one of Tasmania’s pioneering grower-producers. Over 20 years the Arnold family have almost single-handedly created the Cradle Coast wine region of Northern Tasmania. Their estate now spans 27 hectares of high density, hand-tended vineyards, mostly comprised of Pinot Noir, with significant plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in behind. Ghost Rock’s wines are driven by depth, sophistication and intensity. They produce a terrific duo of sparklings; Catherine and Zoe..

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