2014 Josef Chromy Chardonnay Tasmania (Previously $30)

SKU #1283584 94 points James Halliday

 Barrel-fermented in French oak; the wine launches into a kamikaze attack on the palate, fuelled by Tasmanian acidity. As it ages, other flavors will develop, with white peach and some toasty cashew notes presently lying low will come to the surface.  (2/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay gives a great intensity of ripe peach and pink grapefruit notes with hints of baking bread, butterscotch and cashews. The medium-bodied palate offer great intensity with tons of stone fruit flavors supported by toasty / savory notes and a lively acid backbone, finishing long. (LPB)  (6/2016)

90 points Vinous

 (whole-bunch pressed, with no malo and 20 percent new French oak) Light yellow. Incisive Meyer lemon, quince and candied ginger aromas are accented by sexy floral and buttered toast notes. Densely packed but light on its feet, offering refreshingly bitter pear skin and citrus zest flavors and a smoky mineral quality that builds in the glass. Racy and sharply focused; the persistent finish lingers with suave floral character. (JR)  (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Smoky, fun, very lively ‘pointed’ nose. Lots of crystalline fruit – lime and edgy. Wait a little if you can but this is well sculpted. Light smoky finish. *Good Value*  (9/2015)

Wine & Spirits

 This Chardonnay captures the cold climate of Tasmania in its brash texture, like a fierce wind off the sea. The potent acidity that will allow this to age stands apart for now, as does the oak influence in the wine. Some wood tannins lend a light mustard-seed bitterness while cool floral notes of jasmine project what may develop as the wine integrates with age.  (2/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Broad and spicy, with toasted anise-seed accents to lemon and pear flavors, this has tangy acidity, the spice notes gaining momentum on the finish. Drink now through 2030. (MW, Web Only-2016)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Alcohol Content (%): 14