Tasmania is wild, ancient and perhaps the most beautiful place on earth. The Apple Isle is renowned for its seafood which comes as fresh as the air itself, and we mustn’t forget their wines. Now regarded as Australia’s most promising cool climate region – if not the whole world. This week, the team have sampled their way through many wines from our Tasmanian collection, which has been such a pleasurable experience. Most have not been re-sampled for 12-24 months and many have reawakened the fire in our bellies.
We have updated our tasting notes and our appraisals for each wine re-sampled. The 2019 Dr Edge Tasmania Chardonnay (A blend of Tamar Valley, East Coast and Derwent Valley fruit) left the entire team in raptures… Based on this wine, we plan to re-sample the entire Dr Edge collection next week as we believe they are starting to arise from their embryonic state.
Safe to say, these wines are quite frankly glorious…
We had an extremely long wait for Nick Glaetzer’s newest collection including, and for the first time, his Nouveau Chardonnay. It took us well-over 12 months to nail down an allocation of this wine. Nick produces this Chardonnay only in what he describes as ‘optimum years.’ Made from a small parcel of grapes, the fruit is sourced from 20 year old vines in the Upper Derwent Valley. We understand this may be the last vintage (bizarre when it’s only our first) as Nick is no longer able to source Chardonnay from this vineyard. He’s planted his own vines, however we will not see a ‘bottled’ example for at least 4-6 years.
To many, Nick and his creative winery based in Hobart, Tasmania needs no introduction. His wines have a global following and many through Nick’s own ‘Press Club’ subscription, which always makes us nervous as Nick certainly has many loyal and thirsty members. This year, our allocation of Avancé was reduced, and quite considerably (our first order, the 2017, consisted of 1,800 bottles. Our 2019 allocation is a mere 432 bottles!). We placed an order for the 2018 Goldpunkt Riesling and received an allocation of just 24 bottles (just 4 bottles remain today)… Essentially, cellar door / private sales provide a winery with a higher level of profit as opposed to exporting – they need to find a level of balance and attempt to satisfy all of their markets however, and in the case of many producers, domestic sales are starting to take precedence.
Glaetzer-Dixon Nouveau Chardonnay 2019
97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The bouquet is far from reserved and provides a heady and powerful mix of beeswax, oak, soaked oatmeal, fresh vanilla pod, peach and a wonderful floral kick. Freshness arrives in the form of lemon (more verbena than zest). The palate is medium to full-bodied, expansive and not overworked – There’s a natural flow and rhythm from start to finish. The palate is perfectly balanced with a penetrating line of acidity running through the centre. The texture is silken and flavours ripe, which translates to immediate enjoyment. Stone fruits wash across the palate (nectarine / peach) lifted by minerals and citrus - the way the flavours fan out on the finish is such a joy. The savoury style adds a further level of complexity… Outstanding. Drink now to 2025. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
Glaetzer-Dixon Überblanc Riesling 2019
96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “What a glorious nose – truly so. It’s brimming with dried apricot, salt / saline, layers of mineral, oyster shell, lemon oil, orange peel and smoked almonds. The palate soars and the glycerol-richness is admirable for such a young wine. Given the intensity, this reminds me of drinking Grosses Gewächs wines from Germany. This is extraordinarily complex – I am honestly left speechless as it’s so young. Like Nick’s Chardonnay, the texture is velvety and super-expansive. Riesling without acidity is dead and flat – this, however, provides a perfect acid structure which creates a discreet frame around the juicy, ripe fruit (it’s almost dripping with ripe peach). Stony minerality along with a gorgeous, salty pang is a triumph. I love the mandarin note – perhaps a little iodine too. Unquestionably, the best, young Aussie Riesling I have ever sampled and certainly a step-up from the previous vintage. Utterly gorgeous now but, and over the next 5-15 years, you will be taken to new heights. Breathtaking purity. Sampled using Zalto Universal glassware.”
Glaetzer-Dixon Goldpunkt Riesling 2018
£26.50 per bottle
4 bottles remain
Glaetzer-Dixon Avancé Pinot Noir 2019
96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “My first comment being that this is a very different style to the previous Avancé vintage. The fruit component both on the nose and palate provides pillowing cushions of voluptuousness. If served blind, the bouquet reminds me of a plush, high-quality Pinot Noir from Sonoma. The perfumes exudes blood orange (unmistakable), black raspberry, spiced infused red fruits with some darker depths coming from black plums, damsons infused with a saline solution. My glass is supercharged with lavender, more sweet spice and a kirsch-like character. Avancé is on steroids. Take a sip and wait for the galloping flavours to hit you – The intensity is off the scale for a wine of this value (and clearly why we have lost 60% of our allocation). This flows with exotic richness, but I must emphasise the lightness of touch, the freshness and the salinity which adds a layer of grown-up sophistication – this is far from clumsy. Succulent, moreish and drenched with unbelievable goodness. A little floral-pastille character provides more layers of complexity. This is a full-throttle Tassie Pinot Noir which is going to create, quite the stir. I did not expect this – I am shocked and beaming with a huge smile. Drink now to 2030. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware (I failed to decant and look at the result)…”
Glaetzer-Dixon Mon Père Shiraz 2017
17 Points - Jancis Robinson "Very northern Rhône nose – pepper, game and floral notes. Loads of peppery spice and quite a ripe juicy palate but with a distinct herbal edge. What a lovely half-way house between Old and New World. (AC) Drink 2019 – 2025"
Glaetzer-Dixon Reveur Pinot Noir 2016
£37.95 per bottle
Last 16 bottles
Glaetzer-Dixon Introductory Case - 5 Pack
This five pack provides the perfect introduction to Nick's wines with a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Riesling.
1 x Glaetzer-Dixon Nouveau Chardonnay 2019
1 x Glaetzer-Dixon Avancé Pinot Noir 2019
1 x Glaetzer-Dixon Mon Père Shiraz 2017
1 x Glaetzer-Dixon Überblanc Riesling 2019
1 x Glaetzer-Dixon Reveur Pinot Noir 2016
£139.00 per 5 bottle case
Nestled among the rolling patchwork fields of the beautiful coastline of Northern Tasmania, you'll find Ghost Rock, one of Tasmania's pioneering grower-producers. For over 20 years, the Arnold family have almost single-handedly created the Cradle Coast wine region. Every vineyard hand-built, hand planted to the exact specifications - no compromise, no concession. The Estate now spans 27 hectares of high density, hand-tended vineyards, mostly comprised of Pinot Noir, with significant plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Under the stewardship of second-generation Winemaker Justin Arnold, and his wife Alicia Peardon, Ghost Rock’s wines are driven by depth, sophistication and intensity. Strictly estate grown. Strictly estate bottled. Minimal intervention focused.
Ghost Rock Bonadale 2cl Pinot Noir 2018
97++ Points - Stuart McCloskey “It takes time to unfurl, but when it does, it’s a dreamboat of aromatics. From the outset, the French oak (38% new) is obvious and adds a pencil shaving freshness. With aeration (decant for an hour or so) the aromatic fruit develops with orange zest, raspberry and a lovely brightness from red berries - there’s a pretty savoury complexity too. The palate is tensile, medium bodied – the tannins providing a cloaking hug to the fruit. It feels natural and unforced. I find the harmony and elegance particularly enjoyable. All-in-all, a wine which offers supreme elegance without being sparing on fruit. The finish is super long with a slight tingle coming from an almost sorbet like blood orange finish. Delicious now but will only get better with time in the cellar (10 years maximum). Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware”
Ghost Rock Estate Pinot Noir 2019
96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Such a pretty bouquet filled with ripe, sweet red berries, peony, rose hip and lots of spice. The palate is medium bodied and presents itself incredibly well (given it’s their most recent release). Youthfulness contrasts so well with the wine’s generous core of fruit. The mouthfeel is ample, fleshy with some textural grip (the tannins melt). The flavour profile is impressive and fans out fabulously. The acidity is racy and provides a lovely freshness minutes after the wine has escaped your palate… This also provides the opportunity to examine those lingering flavours of sweet raspberry, blood orange and wild berries. A very promising Tassie Pinot Noir which would certainly benefit from a few years in the cellar (consume within 5-8 years). Very impressive for such a young release. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware.”
Ghost Rock Fumé Blanc 2018
"I would urge you to put aside your Sauvignon Blanc prejudices and give this beauty a try."
96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “The nose straddles both the old and new world although, and if I were to be pushed, I would side with the new world as the fruit aromatics lean towards blackcurrant, gooseberry, tinned lychee, lime, passionfruit and a little spice and freshness from lemongrass and anise – clean, green herbs too. Brightness, purity and minerality (lots of) provide focus and a firm nod to a sophisticated style of Sauvignon Blanc. Texturally, this is on-point powerful with a controlled degree of richness (courtesy of a little bottle age and from the French barrels being left on full lees for seven-months), but this lusciousness is built on a triumphant frame of acidity. There’s an obvious spicy, citrusy, salty (fresh fennel seed) tang which is long and deeply satisfying, very adult and a masterstroke. In fact, the entire experience is a textural trip of bold flavours counterbalanced by nuance and complexity. The length is never-ending – quite extraordinary. I would urge you to put aside your Sauvignon Blanc prejudices and give this beauty a try. So, very good. I award 96+ points as I am left content and nodding like a dog. Drink now to 2025. Served using Zalto Universal glassware.”
Ghost Rock Catherine Cuvée 2015
97 - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey "The bouquet is highly finessed with orchard fruits, fine floral notes, whispers of brioche and almond. The palate is equally fresh, incisive and shows all the hallmarks of elegance and grace which Chardonnay can deliver. I believe the ’15 Catherine Cuvée has reached an important crossroads which is exciting. Today, it’s charming, tensile and carries crystalline purity with ease, but and with a little aeration, the wine opens beautifully to reveal layer upon layer of fruit with touches of honey. I believe this will turn a corner in five or so years to reveal a real gem as all the qualities and characteristics are peering through – it is tightly wound for the time being. This has been a true joy to sample and is certainly one of the region's very best. Served using Zalto Universal glassware. Do not overchill."
Ghost Rock Zoe Brut Rosé 2016
96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “60% Pinot Noir / 40% Chardonnay. I like the nose very much as it wafts from my glass with a crescendo of red berries, pomegranate, crisp green apples and chalk. The palate is super fresh and comes across more succulent and fuller compared to the Cuvee Catherine. The mousse is rich and the mid palate weight adds further depth and a lovely mouthfeel. The fruit is fresh and sings with ripe raspberry, wild strawberry, pomegranate and a little bitter orange rind on the long finish… I detect a little chalkiness and salinity too, which brings a welcome distinction to the fruit. The balance is textbook and the structure provides some girth. I like it very much, but I feel the cold, outside temperature and driving rain is playing havoc with my senses (take note to my score!) - the colour and flavours talk to me of the summer and not the deep winter. Unquestionably, this drinks fabulously now, but I would like to see a further five years bottle age. Served using Zalto Universal glassware. Do not overchill.”
Ghost Rock Introductory Case - 5 Pack
This six pack provides this perfect introduction to Ghost Rock wines with a mix of Pinot Noir, Sparkling wines and their fabulous Fumè Blanc.
1 x Ghost Rock Bonadale 2cl Pinot Noir 2018
1 x Ghost Rock Catherine Cuvée 2015
1 x Ghost Rock Estate Pinot Noir 2019
1 x Ghost Rock Fume Blanc 2018
1 x Ghost Rock Zoe Brut Rosé 2016
£117.50 per 5 bottle case
"Domaine Simha, which follows biodynamic principles and employs only minimal sulfur in the production. Their micro-batch wines are excellent, but come at a price as a result. Which is scarcely surprising for someone who has made wine at Le Pin and Domaine d’Arlot... Low intervention wines from vineyards across the state, especially some old vines in Tamar Valley. Founded by husband and wife Nav Singh and Louise Radman."
- Tim Atkin, 24th January, 2020
Domaine Simha are creating a real buzz in both the Australian and international wine scene, their wines are in demand among the world's top sommeliers, from some of the best restaurants but until now, were not represented in the UK. We are over the moon to have partnered with such an exciting winery and bring them exclusively to the UK.
Domaine Simha Rama Pinot Noir 2017
Was £44.50 per bottle
Now £41.50 per bottle
£194.12 per case of 6 in bond
98++ Points - Stuart McCloskey “The bouquet is both intoxicating and beguiling ranging from petrichor (that wonderful earthy scent when rain falls on dry, hot ground) brambles, hedgerow fruits, orange rind and floral notes to pencil. Certainly, edging towards a more savoury side. The palate is broad, expansive and keeps giving – far from being a nervous Pinot Noir. The tannins are svelte and melt into a heady mix of wild berries. The lavish texture is impossible to ignore – Satin and structurally perfect. The deep core of fruit is impressive as is the bottomless finish. Simply magical and a highlight in our portfolio. I cannot wait to see how this wine ages over the coming 6-10 years. Served with Zalto Burgundy glassware (as important as the wine itself)”
Customer review “The best Pinot I’ve ever had. Period.
A haunting, ethereal bouquet.”
Domaine Simha Beauregard Amphora Pinot Noir 2016
Was £36.95 per bottle
Now £32.50 per bottle
£149.12 per case of 6 in bond
97 – 97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “The bouquet captivates and draws you in, to a soothing welcome of warm earth, rose petal, dry orange peel and dusty, sweet spices. The palate feel is fascinating – the fruit feels rich and evolved, but there’s a surreal sense of weightlessness. Texturally, this flows with seamless ribbons of silk – wonderfully elegant and provides sip after sip of pure harmony. The fruit has a floral lift, a little rose petal, swathes of sweet spices – a little dried strawberry, blood orange, pomegranate too. The acidity is subtle, but perfect and the finish doesn’t let go for minutes - the tongue tingles with blood orange sorbet long after the wine has left. A lovely Pinot Noir – a real joy to spend the evening with. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware (not decanted). Drink now to 2025.”
Domaine Simha Nature Pinot Noir 2018
Was £34.95 per bottle
Now £30.50 per bottle
£139.12 per case of 6 in bond
96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Nav Singh, the man behind the wines, declares, “A story of terroir; five clones from across a single Derwent Valley vineyard make this a complex, aromatic, spicy style.” The bouquet requires a little time to unfurl – I suggest decanting for 30 minutes or so. The bouquet is multi-faceted and provides immediate appeal of incense, the red fruits infuse beautifully with mineral notes. The blood orange sorbet is unmissable as too are the notes of raspberry. Highly aromatic with a powerful floral lift and subtle woodsmoke. The palate is leaner than the Beauregard, but it doesn’t lack in generosity or character – perhaps ‘fine-tuned’ would be a better description. This is very natural and composed – lovely tension and structure, but the feel is feminine. The tannins are lace-like and provide the faintest of grip, the acidity feels fresh and perfectly judged. The sorbet-like finish is fabulous. Overall, this is a masterclass in ‘less being more.’ Thoroughly enjoyable. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware. Drink now to 2025.”
Dr Edge is one of the most highly sought-after wine brands in Australia. The cult, domestic following is incredibly strong with his annual release selling-out soon after its launch. So much so, we are the only wine merchant, outside of Australia who has access to his collection…
Peter spent 12 years at Petaluma, before resigning and heading to Tasmania to take up the senior winemaker role for Bay of Fires. This move saw him exposed to the breadth and detail of grape-growing in Tasmania and gaining invaluable local knowledge from two friends of The Vinorium, Paul Lapsley and Ed Carr. This led to his own project under the Dr Edge label.
Dr Edge Chardonnay South 2019
Was £39.95 per bottle
Now £30.75 per bottle
£280.75 per case of 12 in bond
97-98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The bouquet is penetrating, precise, and certainly descends from a cool, maritime climate. Scents of lemon, mineral, sea spray and jasmine graciously unfurl from the glass. With time, the aromatics intensify and quite considerably (see my footnote regarding temperature and decanting). The palate is incredibly complex, regal and struts its stuff with such confidence, all the while highlighting its self-control. Tightly coiled but balanced perfectly with a satiny stream of citrus and minerals. The saline note on the long finish is lovely. There’s beautiful weight to the wine and it cradles your palate with an admirable suspense. A very, very fine Chardonnay which would benefit from five or so years in the bottle and will fan-out gloriously over a decade or more. Served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Do not serve from the fridge. Decant for a wee while as this wine needs a little aeration.”
Dr Edge Chardonnay East 2019
Was £39.95 per bottle
Now £30.75 per bottle
£280.75 per case of 12 in bond
97++ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Like the ‘South’ the bouquet speaks of its birthplace but with a little more concentration. Lemon oil, lemon thyme, licks of wet stone, sea salt and take a walk past Jasmine to really appreciate the floral aromatics. The palate is a touch waxier in style / weightier and offers more immediate enjoyment. That tell-tale salinity is such an attractive quality and works a treat with the fresh zip of citrus, flint and razor-sharp acidity. Extremely elegant and judged perfectly. This is just a beautiful, crystalline Tassie Chardonnay which will be amazing in five or so years. Served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Do not serve from the fridge. Decant for a wee while as this wine needs a little aeration.”
Dr Edge Chardonnay North 2019
Was £39.95 per bottle
Now £30.75 per bottle
£280.75 per case of 12 in bond - Last case in bond
98 Points - Stuart McCloskey "The most floral bouquet of the three, with buttered citrus and fresh vanilla seeds drifting from the glass. Still, and not to bore, lemons, minerals and salinity are also present.. The palate offers an intense experience and not necessarily through flavour as the vitality and tension offers a wonderful shrill of excitement. The balance is exquisite and, given its age, it is difficult to pin-down exact flavours save for a little crisp, green apple. So much energy and tightly coiled like a piston waiting to explode. Minerals and citrus contrast with a marine-influenced finish which I love. Truly outstanding and will be hitting its stride in five or so years. Potentially perfect in ten. Served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Do not serve from the fridge. Decant for a wee while as this wine needs a little aeration.”
Dr Edge Chardonnay Tasmania 2019
Was £39.95 per bottle
Now £30.75 per bottle
£280.75 per case of 12 in bond - Last 4 cases in bond
"Genuinely, an extraordinary Chardonnay and one of the most intriguing Aussie / Tassie Chardonnays I have sampled in a very long time…"
98 Points – Stuart McCloskey “Pristine would be an understatement for the bouquet – Wow! Additionally, unravelling this is challenging. Where to start? Salted, confit lemon, the minerality is piercing, a smoked edge with a further undercurrent of saline, softened by a chalkiness – almost Albariño in its appeal. Orchard fruits emerge with more aeration as does tangerine peel and the wonderfully heady scents of sweet jasmine. Fennel too. The nose is bristling with complexity and energy, and it’s just starting its journey. The palate is loaded with Meyer lemon juxtaposed beautifully with a floral lift. I detect a touch of smoked almond and streaks of minerals – everything feels kissed with a covering of salty sea spray, which is delectable. Who would have thought Tasmania? Very Mediterranean in my opinion… We often talk of ‘tension’ – welcome to a perfect example. The acid profile feels perky – the palate feels sumptuous and poised. Genuinely, an extraordinary Chardonnay and one of the most intriguing Aussie / Tassie Chardonnays I have sampled in a very long time… Drink now to 2030. Do not kill the flavour by overchilling – give it the respect it deserves. Serve using Zalto Bordeaux glassware… A blend of Tamar Valley, East Coast and Derwent Valley fruit (exact proportions unknown).”
Dr Edge Four Pack of Chardonnay 2019
Dr Edge Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2017
Was £39.95 per bottle
Now £30.75 per bottle
97 Points - James Halliday "MV6, 777 and 115 clones, 60% from the Derwent Valley, 30% East Coast and 10% Tamar Valley. The bouquet is multifaceted, with no single message from the single vineyard group, the palate moving onto another tier, but carries with it the higher-toned red fruits of clone 115 (compared to MV6 last year). It also achieves a lightness of touch without any sacrifice of line or length. This is the serious business of enjoyment, not the science of dissecting small pieces of a large puzzle."
Bob and Rita Richter bought the Grey Sands vineyard back in the 80s, following a tour of the European wine regions where they were inspired to try growing grapes in the coolest part of Australia. This was back before the internet and never having visited Tasmania, they were forced to research their choice using the one book about Australia in their local library!
Based in the Tamar Valley, in a scenic location just a short drive from the beach, they began by planting Pinot Gris and Merlot whilst the local industry were focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Bob was convinced, from his time in Europe, that there were many alternative varieties which would thrive in Tasmania and we have to agree with that. Stu declared of the 2018 Pinot Gris "without doubt the best new world Pinot Gris to have ever passed my lips."
Tasmanian wines have been one of the greatest discoveries of the past few years for The Vinorium and Grey Sands with their tagline "wines made to last" have been a fantastic addition to the range.
Grey Sands Blanc de Noir 2019
97+ Stuart McCloskey “100% Pinot Noir. The bouquet is ripe, highly elegant and defined by orchard fruits underpinned with subtle baking spices and the slightest hint of marzipan. The palate oozes with the same sensual charm as the Pinot Gris – just with a touch more grip on the finish. There’s a generous core of orchard fruit, which reminds me of my neighbour. My home adjoins a large orchard, and this reminds me of my journey home after taking a long walk around the nature reserve – I would help myself to a dew-drenched apple that satisfies my thirst with a little puckering grip. The acidity is racy, it’s super bright with a little chalk / mineral finish. The finish is long and mouth-watering. Of course, very much an infant and will be divine over the decade to come. Simply, a beautiful creation. This may form a natural deposit. Stand upright for approx. 30 mins before pouring and pour the last glass carefully… Do not overchill. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey "My first Tassie Malbec and what a fabulous debut. The bouquet is deeply serious with savoury and oceanic aromatics from sea kelp, oyster shell (an overwhelming sense of marine) leading to pen ink and violet. There is lovely ripeness and brisk acidity, translating into a powerful but fresh wine. There is some fruit opulence with deep plum leading to an assortment of black fruits. There’s a little fresh pencil shaving, violet, blueberry and a wealth of minerals… It's compact in stature, concentrated and balanced perfectly. Tannins in abundance, but these are ripe and work wonders with the fruit. To summarise, one of the most enjoyable Malbecs I have sampled for a long time with hidden power and concentration. The flavours last forever and I love the salinity on the finish. A serious Malbec which will last 10-15 years in the cellar. Decant for 2-4 hours and best served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware”
Customer Review “The 2018 Grey Sands Malbec is marvellous. Although very young it already has subtlety and complexity and I can only imagine how good it will become with age. Thanks again for bringing Grey Sands to our shores!”
Grey Sands Pinot Blanc 2018
97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Unfurling is the perfect word to describe how the bouquet develops with each passing sniff. A little aeration and served at the correct temperature (fridge cold is too cold) is the key to unravelling the complex bouquet. More orchard fruits (perhaps a little oxidised apple). Pear both fresh and in ‘drop’ form exudes with a deep core of crushed minerals – slate and chalk dominate. The style and flavours are crystal clear, mouth-wateringly juicy and super fresh. More orchard fruits develop together with white flowers and a spine of chalk. On the whole, this is an elegant and beautifully aromatic wine which demands time in the cellar. The palate is pure and skilfully orchestrated. A great wine in development. My score reflects the need for more bottle age – another point is sure to come in 3-5 years. Drinking now to 2030+. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
Customer review “I am not that familiar with this grape and Tazzy wines so don’t come with much experience here. But if you are still reading then this is a lovely, pure sweet wine. I am scoring based on the last half glass which was absolutely exquisite. That always tells me that a wine needs a bit of time so I will reluctantly try and be a bit patient with this one.”
Customer review “WOW!! This is AMAZING! Such a structured, delightful wine. Easily drinkable by itself, but very much for us a food wine, We enjoyed this with smoked salmon pate, the combination was sublime. Such a vibrant but balanced wine given its age. Our only dilemma is how to keep it for a few years to explore how it will unfold without the temptation to drink it!”
Grey Sands The Mattock 2018
97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Grey Sands challenged themselves to produce a Tassie, Bordeaux right-bank, which is both admirable and delicious. The nose reveals dried spice box, fresh pencil shavings, blue and blackberry compote, violets and rosehip. The floral element unfolds with time, which is beautiful. The palate is chock-full of sweet black and blue fruits – they are ripe and insatiable juicy. Grip from the tannins arrives, providing some chew and frames the fruit fabulously. I detect anise and a little, sweet Asian spice. This one is really built for the cellar, but can be approached earlier if you decant for 4-6 hours. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
Customer review “To use the modern vernacular, the Richters have nailed it again with their 2018 'The Mattock'. Bursting with berries, this well structured wine will develop if cellared, but also repays the impatient with its delicious perfume and complex flavours.”
Pooley Wines are truly special and one of the leading family-owned wineries in Tasmania. They are recognised as one of the foremost producers of premium cool climate wines (not only in Tasmania, but across Australasia). They have won over 100 awards since Margaret Pooley’s first vintage in 1988. Members of the Pooley family have been actively involved in the business for three generations with their longstanding passion and commitment to fine wine being your assurance of uncompromising quality. Pooley Wines are renowned for their exquisite Single Vineyard examples of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.
Their Cooinda Vale Chardonnay once formed an integral component of the famous Yattarna Chardonnay from Penfolds. Their Butcher’s Hill Chardonnay is another beauty and similarly, the fruit from this block was also once used for Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay… Pooley’s Pinot Noirs are pure, impeccably balanced, crystalline and eminently cellar worthy.
Pooley Wines Butcher's Hill Chardonnay 2018
Pooley Wines Butcher's Hill Pinot Noir 2018
Pooley Wines Cooinda Vale Chardonnay 2018
Pooley Wines Cooinda Vale Pinot Noir 2018