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2017 Meadowbank Derwent Valley Chardonnay

2017 Meadowbank Derwent Valley Chardonnay

'Subtle Chablis-like thing, and bloody good it is. More please, and thank you.'
95 Points - Gary Walsh

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  • This is Pete Dredge's second Meadowbank Chardonnay and what an impressive follow-up. From 20-year-old estate vines, the 2017 was handpicked and whole cluster pressed directly to French oak barrique (12% new) for a natural ferment. The wine underwent full malo and spent the following nine months in barrel, on lees.


    Bottled without fining or filtration. The personality is driven by mouthwatering, punchy, cold climate acidity, while the superb winemaking brings out some mealy, layered seduction. Serious juice.


    On the nose there's fresh nectarine, lemon curd and a dusting of roasted nuts. Focused and chiseled, the palate is tangy and pithy with layers of citrus and crunchy stone fruits.


    'Made by the gentle hands of Peter Dredge, who knows a thing or two about Chablis, and Chardonnay.

    Fine, perfumed, the right amount of green apple and citrus zip, tingle of pitch-perfect acidity, citrus rind and a softening dab of oatmeal and sour yoghourt, maybe some green olive too, and a finish that’s tight, crisp, long and compelling. Subtle Chablis-like thing, and bloody good it is. More please, and thank you.'
    95 Points - Gary Walsh

    'Three clones, hand-picked, whole bunches, wild-fermented in French barriques (14% new), matured for 9 months. While Tasmania has at times faltered with chardonnay, both small and large producers are coming to understand it better, this a good example. It is intense and precise, acidity simply part of a much larger whole, the fruit spectrum balanced to also include apple and pear.'

    95 Points - James Halliday

    'Toasted almond and smoky aromas, with background peach. The acidity is quite fierce, piercing and almost too much, while the flavour is refined and tightly-focused, tense and long. This needs food and would be great with fish. The acidity is impressive, and the wine will richly reward some cellar-time.'
    94 Points - Huon Hooke