A complex and beguiling aroma of lime, gentle spice and nuts. White pear and citrus fruits with touches of fine grained oak and butterscotch. Mid-palate creamy texture seamlessly leads to a clean tight citrus finish in this thoroughly modern style of Chardonnay. Picked at flavour ripeness, the grapes were whole bunch pressed with only the free-run juice retained. It went straight to 100% French oak for barrel fermentation involving two yeast strains and 50% wild fermentation. This wine had 100% malolactic fermentation and all barrels received battonage fortnightly during the nine months in barrel.
Our family owned and operated wine business is situated just 20 minutes North of Hobart; the largest city in Tasmania. Located at 42 degrees south latitude this is genuine Cool climate Viticulture. Tasmania is rapidly gaining a reputation as Australia’s premier Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sparkling wine producing area. When we say family operated; that’s exactly what we mean with 3 generations of family members currently involved in the business. Planted on the historic Mt Nassau property which has been in the current owner’s family since 1913, Derwent Estate Wines was part of the diversification program. The property has seen a vast array of ventures over the last 100 years or so including Sheep, Cattle, Vegetable production, seed crops, poppies, quarrying and the production of lime. Viticulture is the next exciting phase in the history of Mt Nassau.