2013 Freycinet Vineyard Chardonnay Tasmania. 13.5 %

freycinet-chardonnayOn the home page of the Freycinet Vineyard website I read this statement;

Absolute dedication – no compromise.

Inspired by the tremendous opportunities of the East Coast of Tasmania, Geoff and Susan Bull cleared the site in 1978, planted the first vines in 1979 and established the first commercial winery on the East Coast. They were early pioneers in a new region which years later revealed exciting quality potential in wines. The region now boasts over a dozen different vineyards.

The Freycinet Vineyard and Winery is family owned with daughter Lindy Bull and her partner Claudio Radenti taking over the family tradition of gently handcrafting the wines.

And that is exactly what you get with any of the wines made by Claudio Radenti. Most know him best for the consistently stunning Pinot Noir that I have reviewed previously, and remains one of my all time favourite wines. But it shows in the other wines too; Chardonnay as reviewed here, Riesling, sparkling.

Colour is straw light gold

Nose is citrus and melons. Complex, maybe some nougat.
Palate is nectar of the gods. Rich and smooth, luscious and mouth filling. Finish is huge and the flavours go on as itisappears into the tummy. Wonderful rich texture, smooth but compelling, driven by the melon and citrus backbone. A lot of power to go with the elegance.

In this review from his online Wine Companion James Halliday gives it 95 points and notes –

Tasted 02 September 2014.
Estate-grown, fully mature vines, hand-picked and barrel-fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak (20% new) has produced an elegant wine with harmony its centrepiece; stone fruit and melon are supported by oak and some citrus, the sometimes awkward Tasmanian acidity posing no problems.

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