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2015 Pipers Brook Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

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It’s time for Tassie Chardonnay to take a bow as it has come of age and one of the original vineyards is the picturesque Pipers Brook. This beautiful vineyard is capable of producing pristine fruit for wines like this. A good balance achieved between fruit and mineral complexity in this wine, it’s laden with apples, pear and citrus as well as stonefruit before secondary notes of spicy oak. A wonderful harmony of fruit oak and natural acids make for an expressive Chardonnay that works brilliantly with food.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Vibrant, pale green golden straw

Bouquet: Delicate and steely aromas, lush green fruits, apple, pear, citrus and limes, washed river bed quartz, hints of rock salt and mineral complexity, underlying stone fruit linger on the palate, with the soft tones of freshly toasted chestnuts and vanilla bean spice from fermentation in fine French oak barriques.

Palate: The palate is clean, fresh, vibrant and mineral tight, a new direction in style for our estate Chardonnay, with longer more mineral stream lined acid balance, less obtrusive oak, a greater harmony between fruit intensity and palate cleaning, the retention of higher than previous levels of malic acid, and only some malolactic fermentation has lead this wine down a path of rejuvenated elegance, rather than that of the fat and full style of yesteryear. It's now long and satisfying, the fruit is concentrated and complex and refreshing, offering a classic Puligny aromatic profile of minerals, white peach, apple and pear all tightly gathered together on the palate with the seamless fresh crisp acid and a structure for ageing.

Ageing potential: 2015 to 2020 – This wine has been pre-cellared prior to release and is drinking superbly and will also offer future reward when cellared in optimal conditions

Food suggestions: Tasmanian smoked salmon; seafood terrine with cray meat or scallops; grilled lobster in butter; goat cheese salad; salad of roast baby beets, cumin, red onion, feta & balsamic; fresh Tasmanian seafood salads; Vietnamese dishes.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2015 Pipers Brook Vineyard Estate Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Very fine and complex with a lees, ripe regional apple and just ripe pear fruit and careful oak in the back ground. It is light medium bodied on entry with fresh apple pear and a a creamy element to the middle with a firm finish. Needs time to soften and for the nougaut lees flavours to round the palate.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Youthful and gangly despite its age, this lean and rather subdued chardonnay has a slightly soapy and floral fragrance of peach and nectarine tightly knit with fresh, highly aromatic vanilla oak and backed by a hint of pistachio nuts. Initially sweetly fruited and forward, it eases back down the palate with tautness and tightness, with an even line of white peach, green apple and melon flavour revealing a slightly funky presence of creamy, leesy complexity, before finishing crisp and clean.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
The "best of" hits just keep on coming in the chardonnay charts this year, and here's another smashing example. It's the most poised, steely, fresh and balanced Pipers Brook Chardonnay yet, rippling with zesty cool fruits, scintillating acidity and exotic aromatics. Less oak than ever (insert applause here!).
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Supple, lean and restrained, with a delicate, faintly waxy perfume of white flowers, peach and apricot, with undertones of buttery, meaty and creamy complexity. Smooth and elegant, it's fresh and focused, with a creamy presence of gentle stonefruit flavours and nutty oak backed by hints of ginger and cloves, it finishes savoury, with a hint of smokiness.
The Australian Wine Annual
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Full of ripe charm with strong citrus seasoned by oak with a well-rounded finish
Rob Geddes MW
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Nice, assertive cool-climate style of chardonnay here; it has plenty of melon and pear fruit, some white peach too. The oak's dealt in with savoury, sturdy, structural appeal and salient acidity leaves the palate fresh as the day! Refined and flavoursome.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Very oaky, with a dominant leesy, cheesy and toasty, toffee like malolactic influences that rather obscure its aromas of peach, apple and pear. It's thin, lean and sour-edged, lacking much freshness of fruit and finishing with greenish, metallic edges and edgy lemony acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Full of ripe charm, with strong citrus seasoned by oak with a well-rounded finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Vibrant, fresh and crisp, with the spine of natural acidity that is so much the mark of Tasmanian white wines; there are crushed citrus leaf nuances, and a stony/minerally acidity, which add to the overall impact.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
Although it hails from cool Tasmanian soils, this sits right out in the ripe spectrum with almost candied fruit aromas, rich stone fruits and some grainy oak. The palate has some acid cut through ripe fruit texture and flavour, tropical guava and biscuity oak rolls through the finish. A big wine.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Developing slowly but surely, sustained by typical Tasmanian acidity; grapefruit and stone fruit flavours dominate through to the long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Overworked for the depth and nature of its fruit, this angular, sappy and green-edged chardonnay is absolutely hammered by vanilla and nutty oak. Its relatively light melon-like and lemony bouquet reveals some wheatmeal and waxy complexity, while its palate fails to live up to its initial promise. Initially bright, it becomes quite metallic and green-edged, finishing thin and slightly sweet-sour.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Slightly more grip and texture than many chardonnays of the vintage, even with a slight undercover of sweetness.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A complex wine, with toasty hazelnut and cashew nuances from barrel ferment and malolactic, which don't overwhelm the still fresh and delicate fruit. Excellent finish, length and aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Lacking great density and length of fruit, this slightly sweaty, coolish chardonnay has a delicate bouquet of apple and peach, clove and vanilla oak over spicy nuances of marzipan, dried flowers and honeysuckle. Its initially intense flavours of quince, melon and apple thin out towards a slightly herbal, spirity and metallic finish, backed by assertive vanilla oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Extremely reserved and tight, with good length, and still building character; Tasmanian Wines Show result an abberration.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A slightly green-edged chardonnay with complex nutty aromas of honeysuckle, green cashew and nectarine, apple and melon, with buttery and slightly charry undertones. Rather syrupy, its sappy and slightly spiky palate of green olives, butterscotch and nutty vanilla oak is very forward Jacking genuine depth of fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Attractive hint of grapefruit/citrus over stone fruit; slightly leaner style, with minerally acidity; some malolactic influences evident.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium green-yellow; the clean and elegant bouquet has citrus and nectarine fruit, with subtle oak influences throughout. The palate is rounded but fresh, and still tight; some malolactic cashew comes on the finish, adding to the texture and flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet offers clean, citrus and nectarine fruit matched by subtle oak: here is no obvious mlf influence, nor any botrytis. The crisp, delicate palate proclaims its cool-grown origins, but has the balance and length to mature and grow in bottle. All it needs is time.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

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