Thursday, 29 June 2017
Bellwether Tamar Valley Chardonnay 2012
Sue Bell is really shaking things up in her neck of the woods in a range of different ways such as sourcing fruit from outside the region in search of premium parcels to crowd funding her effort to get 'off the grid'. I hope to cross paths one day - my efforts in January were thwarted by a dinner she was hosting. Sue seems to be hosting multiple events on her property of late. Ben Williamson from famed Brisbane restaurant Gerard's was on site recently cooking up a storm too.
Tasmanian wine enthusiast and blogger Tony Peters shared this bottle with me when I ventured to Hobart a week ago. A staunch supporter of all things Tasmanian wine, he swapped a few bottles with Sue Bell after meeting her at the Royal Hobart Show where she was a panel chair. I'm so pleased he pulled this out of the rack to share - it's a beauty.
Treated with kid gloves, the fruit was hand picked, whole bunch pressed before being moved to French oak puncheons where wild fermentation took place.
Struck match, silky caramel and real lemonade aromas. I could sit and sniff this for a while - it's quite captivating. In the mouth and white peach and vanilla cream put the shoulder to the wheel. A sleek grapefruit character rises to the occasion too. Nicely weighted and balanced, there's power yet dainty finesse. Big love here.
Drink now to eight years.
Region: Tamar Valley
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