Josh Cooper Wines Cope-Williams Chardonnay 2018

Victoria
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£34.50 per bottle
45 in stock

96+/98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “An electric bouquet of lemon oil, intense citrus, liquid minerals, chalk and faint wafts of nougat. The palate is an intense experience as it fights between grace, citrus power and an impressive line of acidity. Thrilling, tense, nervy and must be decanted for 20-30 minutes. I detect a little sherbet, more citrus fruits, sea salt, very saline with flavours fanning out with more time in the glass. This is a direct and precise wine but there’s a charming sense of harmony and poise towards the finish. Fabulous and I am intrigued to see how this develops over the coming years. Perhaps the most fascinating Aussie Chardonnay of 2019?”.

Hand harvested in the cool of morning, with careful sorting in the vineyard. The grapes are partially foot crushed followed by a very gentle, slow pressing over five hours. The wine enjoys one year in oak on full lees, no stirring, and no racking, prior to being transferred to stainless steel with all the fine lees for a further 6 months elevage. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with a very small dose of sulphur the week before bottling.

Taste & Aroma

96+/98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “An electric bouquet of lemon oil, intense citrus, liquid minerals, chalk and faint wafts of nougat. The palate is an intense experience as it fights between grace, citrus power and an impressive line of acidity. Thrilling, tense, nervy and must be decanted for 20-30 minutes. I detect a little sherbet, more citrus fruits, sea salt, very saline with flavours fanning out with more time in the glass. This is a direct and precise wine but there’s a charming sense of harmony and poise towards the finish. Fabulous and I am intrigued to see how this develops over the coming years. Perhaps the most fascinating Aussie Chardonnay of 2019?”.

Hand harvested in the cool of morning, with careful sorting in the vineyard. The grapes are partially foot crushed followed by a very gentle, slow pressing over five hours. The wine enjoys one year in oak on full lees, no stirring, and no racking, prior to being transferred to stainless steel with all the fine lees for a further 6 months elevage. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with a very small dose of sulphur the week before bottling.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

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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Josh Cooper Wines

Producer

Joshua Cooper Wines UK

 

Joshua Cooper was truly destined to make wine as he was born and raised at Cobaw Ridge winery, founded by his parents Alan and Nelly Cooper. Josh, although young, is well on his way to establishing himself as a leader amongst the next generation of Australian winemakers.

His parents’ biodynamic philosophy has clearly found favour with Joshua’s own wines - creating natural wine with classic characteristics being the fundamental hallmark. His first vintage was in 2012, with a single barrel of wine made from fruit his parents grew in the Cobaw Ridge vineyard. His label has since expanded to a more varied range, including historic styles as well as the more experimental and esoteric.

Currently, Josh sources his fruit locally (from great sites in the Heathcote and Macedon Ranges regions) and only from growers who are sensitive to environmentally sustainable practices. Josh works tirelessly and to make enough money to buy the fruit for his wines, he currently works around the Macedon Ranges. Thanks to Mum & Dad, he can produce his own wine at their winery… Having spent his life watching his parents drive organic and biodynamic grape growing in Australia, he has a clear idea of how he wants his own label to grow. Fruit quality and provenance being an overriding imperative. Josh has ambitions in the coming years to transition to his own vineyard supplementing the current fruit with what he has grown himself, which is an exciting proposition.

We love his unaltered wines that do not conform to some pre-existing, established ideal. The wines express the season in which they are grown and offer true ‘terroir’. Alcohol levels are modest, and the wines scream a skilfulness and individuality which is impossible not to be impressed by…

Region

Buy wines from Victoria, Australia

Despite being the second smallest state in Australia, Victoria is home to over 600 wineries, more than any other wine-producing state. However, Victoria does not produce the most wine, as rather than producing mass quantities of cheaper wine, its wineries tend to be smaller and more boutique in style. The cool climate here produced by the coastal areas means that a wide range of wines can be made, from stunningly complex Chardonnay’s and delicate Pinot Noirs in the Yarra Yarra Valley, to savoury and rich Shiraz from Heathcote and iconic fortified wines from Rutherglen.

Our favourite producers from the Victoria region include By Farr and from the Heathcote area, Wild Duck Creek.

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