A debut for Ricky Evans Dog & Wolf Chardonnay, the white sibling to the famed, and near-impossible to track down Pinot Noir of the same name.
Expect all the fireworks of its Pinot sibling, featuring the usual gamut of blended vineyards, parcels and experimental batches: Wholebunch fruit, barrique ferment, derelict vineyards... It's all thrown in to create something greater than its parts.
All up, the Dog & Wolf Chardonnay works wonders, and is a classic representation of the modern wave of young Tassie producers.
Two parcels of fruit, from the best plots, in the best vineyards under TTT control. First: from Waverly, a previously derelict vineyard that TTT took over in 2015. The Chardonnay in this vineyard is only just recovering, with still a lot of work to do, but the quality here is excellent. This makes up 25% of the blend. Whole bunch pressed and fermented in barriques.
Second: is from Three Wishes, a mature and sheltered site, which is fantastic for growing wholesome and full Chardonnay. With this in mind, the best and most consistent part of the vineyard was picked nice and early, fermented in puncheons, and allowed to run through partial malolactic fermentation. There was also a tiny whole bunch ferment used, which gives the wine a touch of texture, for what is to be a pure, finely detailed Tasmanian Chardonnay.
This is complex and packed with intense, fresh ripe fruit. Peach and lemon aromas interweave with hints of almond pastry and dried flowers. Sleek, fresh and long palate with restraint and drive.
Two Tonne Tasmania began in 2013, when a young local winemaker, nudged into the tightly held Tamar Valley by sourcing literally a couple of tonnes of Pinot Noir. This project is all about eking out small parcels of fruit, giving them lots of love, finding their true potential. Previously Winemaker at Bay of Fires, Ricky Evans' solo project is sourced from a diverse range of interesting & unique vineyards in the Tamar Valley and East Coast of Tasmania. Most of these are either leased and managed by himself, or he has a strong connection and involvement with. Two Tonne Tasmania was a Top 12 finalist in Young Gun of Wine in 2016, 2017 & 2018, and took home the peoples choice award in 2016.
This is complex and packed with intense, fresh ripe fruit. Peach and lemon aromas interweave with hints of almond pastry and dried flowers. Sleek, fresh and long palate with restraint and drive. Drink or hold.
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